Fenerbahce turned down the chance to sign Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac during the summer transfer window, president Ali Koc told Sporx.
Only at Arsenal could a player who couldn’t buy a game in his favoured left-back role suddenly find himself catapulted into the starting XI – out of position no less – during a trip to the champions.
In many ways, Kolasinac’s inclusion as a left-sided centre-half during Saturday’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City epitomises the mind-bending mismanagement of a Gunners side who have now made their worst start to a season in 67 years.
That was the Bosnia international’s first Premier League start since September 2020.
If many an Arsenal supporter had their way, it would also be his last.
But with the transfer window closed until the new year, Kolasinac looks set to spend the next few months treading water in North London.
Does Sead Kolasinac have a future at Arsenal?
“Sead Kolasinac is not on our transfer list,” said Ali Koc.
According to the Fenerbahce president, Kolasinac wanted £50,000-a-week in Istanbul – demands that proved beyond the Super Lig giants.
Furthermore, new Fener coach Vitor Pereira was not exactly enamoured about the prospect of working with a defender who has struggled for form ever since Arteta replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates almost two years ago.
“(Kolasinac’s camp) contacted us and told us their demands. They asked for a three-year contract, three million euros a year (£50,000-a-week) with a three million euro signing-on fee.
“The issue was brought (to us) before our coach arrived. He wasn’t interested.”
Once Gabriel Magalhaes returns from injury – he played 45 minutes for the club’s U23s against Tottenham Hotspur last week – surely we won’t be seeing much more of Kolasinac in red and white.
The 28-year-old is also behind Kieran Tierney and the exciting Nuno Tavares in Mikel Arteta’s pecking order.