Serie A champions Inter Milan have been offered the chance to sign Premier League forgotten man Sead Kolasinac from Arsenal, as reported by FC Inter News.
As Nuno Tavares cut inside on to his supposedly weaker right boot to slot a composed finish past Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor on his Arsenal debut last weekend, it seemed to hammer a final nail into Kolasinac’s north London coffin.
The Bosnia international was expected to leave even before Tavares’ arrival.
And with the former Benfica youngster looking as though he’s ready to fight for a place in the starting XI from the off, it’s harder than ever to see a place for Kolasinac in Mikel Arteta’s plans as the Premier League season lies just weeks away.
The 28-year-old defender hasn’t started a Premier League game since the 2-1 victory over West Ham United in September 2020.
And with Kieran Tierney and the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles ahead of him in Arteta’s pecking order, Kolasinac ended last season on loan at Schalke, suffering a humiliating relegation from the Bundesliga alongside Shkodran Mustafi.
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According to Calciomercato, Arsenal would accept bids of £3.5 million for Kolasinac, with just one year left on his £100,000-a-week contract.
Reports linking the seldom-seen left-back with a move to Roma are unlikely to return any time soon, however. A Giallorossi side now under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho will sign Matias Vina from Palmeiras as a replacement for the stricken Leonardo Spinazzola.
And Arsenal face more frustration in their attempts to find a buyer for Kolasinac, with reports suggesting Inter Milan have yet to bite after being offered the chance to sign the one-time Bundesliga prospect.
There’s space at the San Siro for a versatile, left-sided defender who can play at wing-back and in a more central role. But with Inter fully focused on tying Ivan Perisic down to a new contract, Kolasinac appears to have been placed on the back burner for now.
Inter are interested in another Arsenal full-back, however, in the shape of Hector Bellerin. Could there be a double-deal in the making?