Sead Kolasinac faces Arsenal RETURN this summer as rental club Schalke announce they can’t afford him

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Sead Kolasinac faces Arsenal RETURN this summer as rental club Schalke announce they cannot afford to sign him permanently after Bundesliga relegation

  • Sead Kolasinac returns to Arsenal after Schalke doesn’t buy him permanently
  • The left back left for the Bundesliga club in January, but the club was relegated
  • German side admitted not signing Kolasinac ‘hurts us in human terms’
  • The Bosnian is going back to North London with one year left on his contract

Sead Kolasinac faces a return to Arsenal after his loan club Schalke announced they could not afford to keep the left-back for another season.

The 27-year-old was loaned out to the Bundesliga bottom club for six months in January along with fellow striker Shkodran Mustafi, but none of the defenders could do anything to prevent the Gelsenkirchen club from being relegated to the second tier.

Mustafi, who was given a six-month contract, was sacked by Schalke last month and the German club have now announced that Kolasinac and other January signing Klaas-Jan Huntellaar will also be leaving.

Sead Kolasinac returns to Arsenal after Schalke failed to make his loan permanent

Relegated Schalke announced that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (left) and Kolasinac will not stay

Relegated Schalke announced that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (left) and Kolasinac will not stay

Sporting director Peter Knabel said: ‘This decision hurts us both on a sporting and human level. Given the current budget and squad structure – all known and publicly discussed challenges – there was no alternative.

“We have to be so honest. Given the short preparation time and the early start of the season, we can’t afford a week-long hang-up game, but we now have to make decisions for Schalke 04. That’s why we opted for this clear-cutting.’

Kolasinac has a one-year contract with Arsenal and will return to North London unless a new club comes to take his services.

Mikel Arteta approved a transfer for the defender without finding a left-back replacement meaning Granit Xhaka and Cedric Soares were pushed into the role when Kieran Tierney suffered an injury late in the season.

Kolasinac left Arsenal for Schalke in January but has a year left with his Gunners dealde

Kolasinac left Arsenal for Schalke in January but has a year left with his Gunners dealde

Kolasinac (left) joined Schalke with Shkodran Mustafi (right) having Schalke at large

Kolasinac (left) joined Schalke with Shkodran Mustafi (right) having Schalke at large

The Bosnian left the Emirates Stadium in January with just one Premier League appearance to his name all season and made 17 more appearances at the German top, but Schalke won just two of those games.

The relegation of the Royal Blues, a founding member of the Bundesliga and widely known as Germany’s second-largest team, means they will play second-class football for the first time since 1988.

The left-back came on a free transfer from Schalke to Arsenal in the summer of 2017, having played 113 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions during that time.

In his career in North London, he helped Arsenal win the FA Cup in 2020 and also won two Community Shield titles.

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