Forget Everton, Liverpool are the team who must sign 23-year-old on free transfer this summer

With his Schalke contract running down, the future of defender Sead Kolasinac is up in the air, as a move to the Premier League appears to be drawing ever closer.

The 23-year-old, who has won 17 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, joined Schalke from German rivals Stuttgart in 2011, and has made his way up into the first team at the Veltins Arena.

Kolasinac now has almost 100 Bundesliga appearances to his name, and has become a key player with the Gelsenkirchen outfit, featuring at left back, left wing back, centre back and even in holding midfield.

However, just a year after losing Joel Matip to Liverpool on a free transfer, Schalke face a similar situation, given that Kolasinac’s contract end this summer, and he will be free to go elsewhere having failed to pen a new contract.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that both Arsenal and Liverpool are keen on the defender, whilst German outlet Sport BILD claimed last week that Everton have made a staggering €10million-a-year offer to Kolasinac – around £160,000-a-week in wages.

That offer seems far-fetched, but whilst Everton may well be keen on adding Kolasinac to their defensive options, it’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool who should be pushing the hardest to sign him this summer.

Liverpool’s problems at left back are well-documented; Alberto Moreno has struggled to impress since arriving from Sevilla in 2014, and his poor displays have forced Jurgen Klopp to use midfielder James Milner in a left back role this season.

That can’t continue, and Liverpool will surely be in the market for a new left back this summer, and few fit the bill better than Kolasinac. Strong, quick, adept on the ball and much better defensively than Moreno, the Bosnian should be near the top of Liverpool’s left back wish list given that he can be signed on a free transfer.

Manager Klopp landing Kolasinac’s former Schalke team-mate Matip in a similar deal last year, and reuniting the pair could aid an unconvincing Liverpool defence, with Klopp surely well aware of the 23-year-old’s exploits back in the Bundesliga.

Klopp won’t want to break the bank on a left back, given that he’ll want to strengthen other areas of his squad too, and with defensive qualities, real potential and the ability to move for free this summer, there may not be too many better options than Kolasinac – but they may have to fend off Everton to land him.