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Arsenal confident deal has been reached despite Wenger declaration

Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are discussing how Sead Kolasinac will fit into their starting XI next season, with reports claiming Arsene Wenger believes he’s won the race for the defender’s signature. 

The Bosnian international has emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s hottest properties ahead of the summer window because his Schalke contract will expire at the end of the season – meaning he’ll be available on a free transfer.

According to reports from Mirror Football, however, the Gunners gaffer believes he’s set to sign Kolasinac this summer, fending off interest from Premier League rivals Everton and Italian giants AC Milan in the process.

The club are said to be confident the deal is done for the 23-year-old, who has featured as a left-back, a left winger and a centre-half this season, despite Wenger insisting otherwise in his press conference earlier this week.

That has lead many Arsenal punters in the Tavern to speculate Wenger will utilise the 3-4-3 formation he implemented against Middlesbrough on Monday on a more permanent basis next season, with Kolasinac’s versatility making him a natural candidate for the left wing-back role.

Everton drinkers, meanwhile, are disappointed their side looks set to miss out. Club favourite Leighton Baines is now 32 and Kolasinac has all the makings of a perfect long-term successor to the England international.

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