Napoli to battle Roma For Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac In January

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Italian sides, Napoli and Roma are said to be interested in signing Arsenal defender and Bosnia and Herzegovina international Sead Kolasinac in the January transfer window.

Kolasinac who joined Arsenal from Schalke in 2017, has two-and-a-half years left to run on his Gunners contract. He has made 88 appearances for the Gunners in total and has featured 16 times for the Gunners this season, providing two assists across all competitions. The left-back is currently sidelined with an ankle ligament injury and is expected to be back next year.

According to Sky Sports, new Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso is said to be keen on bringing Kolasinac to Naples in January to boost the defensive option of the club ahead of the second half of the season. Also, Napoli’s rival, Roma are interested in replacing 34-year-old Aleksandar Kolarov, whose contract expires at the end of the season, with the Arsenal defender.

One factor that can make the deal to sign Kolanic fall through in January is the shoulder injury to Scottish defender Kieran Tierney who will be out until March and the failure to get a replacement for the two defenders.

Before former manager Unai Emery was axed, Kolasinac was the first choice but it remains to be seen whether he will continue to be the first choice left-back under new head coach Mikel Arteta, who takes charge first the first time at Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

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