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Sead Kolasinac to join Schalke 04 on loan from Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is set to put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal with Schalke.

The 27-year-old, arriving on a free transfer from Schalke in 2017, has managed just nine appearances in all competitions this season, with his only Premier League outing in the 2-1 win over West Ham in September.

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Kolasinac is well in the pecking order | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Having had no impact since his move to Emirates Stadium, Kolasinac has long been linked with a return to Schalke but has seen every move fail because of the money, but Sky Sport Deutschland says a deal has finally been achieved.

Kolasinac agreed to return to Gelsenkirchen on loan until the end of the season and agreed to forgo part of his salary to secure a deal. Arsenal are also expected to contribute to Kolasinac’s salary.

It is believed that everything is almost done with this one and an announcement is expected in the near future.

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Kolasinac was popular in Schalke | VI-Images / Getty Images

It appears Arsenal have no plans to mess around in the January transfer window. Their Premier League struggles forced the Gunners to look for solutions in the winter window, but freeing up money was still likely to be the main obstacle.

While Kolasinac’s temporary offload, which will always cost Arsenal money even when away from the club, isn’t exactly the biggest money saver, it is a step in the right direction for a team. who has been criticized in the past for leaving. their business until the last minute.

Kolasinac may not be the only fringe player to leave the Emirates. Doubts remain over the future of defenders Shkodran Mustafi, William Saliba and Sokratis, while Reiss Nelson and Mesut Ozil will likely be linked with loan departures in the coming weeks.

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Arteta hopes to release more money | ANDREW BOYERS / Getty Images

Arsenal have already made a deal to sign 19-year-old Hertha Berlin defender Omar Rekik for a six-figure sum, but there are plenty of other players on Mikel Arteta’s radar as well.

A creative midfielder is likely to be high on the boss’s wishlist, with Inter’s Christian Eriksen, Real Madrid’s Isco and Barcelona’s Riqui Puig all named as potential targets for the January window.

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