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Manchester City scout Schalke left-back and could sign him for free next year

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Sead Kolasinac of Schalke plays the ball at the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Veltins-Arena on October 2, 2016 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester City have been closely monitoring Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolašinac for the past five weeks, according to German newspaper Sport Bild.

The 23-year-old Bosnian international is highly rated and several Premier League clubs are said have eyes on him. If he does choose to leave the Gelsenkirchen-based club, someone could strike a bargain Bosman deal with his current contract due to expire next summer.

Schalke want Kolašinac to renew his contract, but if he decides to move on, a January sale could be on the cards to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.

This is not the first time City have been linked with a move for the player. A year ago, his agent confirmed that the Blues were among the clubs scouting Kolašinac.

City are expected to overhaul the full-back positions next summer, with all four senior players in those areas over the age of 30.

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