Arsenal are finally ready to challenge the Premier League big boys in a financial sense, by going toe to toe with Manchester City for a top target.
Arsene Wenger is already trying to recruit for next season and Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac has reportedly agreed a verbal contract with the Gunners.
A couple of weeks ago we were handed an update that the Bosnian had completed a medical, and the player just has to agree personal details in his contract.
However, a recent report from Sport Bild has confirmed Manchester City are also in the running in the late stages, and will match whatever Arsenal offer Kolasinac.
Both clubs are desperate for a player of his stature and Arsenal could face a bidding war against Pep Guardiola’s side, who have had many defensive frailties this season.
The exclusive goes on to suggest that Kolasinac will now choose between either side this week regardless of whether they make Champions League football or not.
The amount on offer looks to be something like £120,000 a week, making the left-back one of Arsenal’s highest paid players in the current squad.
Those kinds of prices are justified by the fact Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs set to walk out of the Emirates for a cut-price deal this summer.
Kolasinac has the ability to play central defensive midfield and in all areas in the back four, so Wenger will argue his case for the versatility the youngster offers.