Laurent Koscielny is said to be considering his future at Arsenal as he weighs up the temptation of testing himself in another league before drawing a line under his career.
The 33-year-old has one year left on his contract at the Emirates and, according to FotoMac, is being courted by Turkish side Fenerbahce.
Damien Comolli, who spent seven seasons as Arsenal’s European scouting operation, is now sporting director at the Istanbul club and appears to have been convinced that his compatriot still has the legs for a few more years at the top following his Achilles injury.
Just for good measure, Comolli also likes the look of out-of-favour Mohamed Elneny and thinks a double swoop isn’t out of the question.
Back in September, Koscielny’s representative, Stephane Courbis, revealed that our club captain was seriously considering his future this time last year when Arsene Wenger made his exit. At the time, he had three offers on the table, including one from a club in China, before he went down in Madrid and had to go under the knife. More recently, Inter Milan have been linked.
From an Arsenal perspective, it seems like a no-brainer to keep Koscielny around for the final year of his contract. He’s proved over the last few months that he can still cope with the rigours of the Premier League and his experience, especially around the youngsters, is vital. All the more so given Cech, Ramsey, Welbeck and Lichtsteiner are leaving.
On the other hand, Vinai and Raul are trying to squeeze value for money out of the squad and if they think they can generate a fee for Kos and get his wages off the bank balance, they could be tempted. As for Elneny, I think we can safely assume that he’ll be moved on without fuss in the coming months. He’s contracted until 2022 so driving a decent price is a necessity.