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Five facts on Manchester United target Sead Kolasinac

United are believed to be pressing ahead with their summer transfer plans already and Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac is the latest to be eyed.

A report on Bosnian website Reprezentacija suggests Manchester United have lodged an official bid for Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac.

The news comes as something of a surprise, particularly given the rumours linking United with a move for Luke Shaw, but the Bosnian site believes the soon to-be dethroned Premier League champions have made their opening gambit for the up-and-coming defender.

A snippet from Reprezentacija's exclusive read: "Schalke said they do not want to sell Sead Kolasinca, but it is questionable whether they will be able to resist the financial and footballing supremacy of the most successful English club."

Here are five facts on the Bosnian sensation, who could be about to make waves in the Premier League...


Kolasinac was actually born in Karlsruhe but to Bosniak parents and chose the country of his parents' birth as his international team. 

His father indicated in an interview that Bosnia and Herzegovina, who will play at the World Cup this summer, were the only nation Kolasinac was ever going to opt for.

Youth career

Kolasinac started out at his hometown club, Karlsruher SC where he made an impression on scouts and was snapped up by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim after an eight-year stint.

His time at Hoffenheim - and subsequently Stuttgart - was short-lived and he was arrived at Schalke in 2012.

Rise through the ranks

The left-back made an instant impression in his maiden campaign with the youth team as he secured a fast-tracked route to the second string.

His meteoric surge through the respective Schalke sides culminated in a promotion to the first team after just two years at the club, having struck twice in seven appearances during his second season.

International scene

Before choosing to play for his native Serbia, Kolasinac played for the Germany U18, U19 and U20 sides and scored a goal apiece for the latter two.

It wasn't until 2013 when he would make his Bosnia debut, in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Argentina.

Playing style

Respected statistics website WhoScored.com reports Kolasinac's strengths as being his tackling, his concentration and ball interceptions.

His weaknesses, meanwhile, are in his aerial duels and crossing with a penchant for playing short passes and tackling.

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