The BBC’s David Ornstein says Arsenal are talking to Rennes about the possible transfer of Laurent Koscielny.
Last week, the Ligue 1 side’s president Olivier Létang denied having an agreement with the former France international although he did also admit that the centre-back had been of interest to them in the recent past.
It’s now suggested that Létang was in London yesterday to meet technical director Edu and Koscielny’s representatives to try and thrash out a deal that appeals to all parties.
After refusing to go on Arsenal’s recent tour of the US, it became very clear that our captain, who is under contract for another year, had no intention of playing for the club again.
The Gunners had previously whacked a €10 million price tag on the 33-year-old, which Kos apparently felt was prohibitively steep given his recent injury problems.
Arsenal technical director Edu met with the Stade Rennes president + the representative of Laurent Koscielny in London yesterday. Talks between #AFC & suitors continue in a bid to resolve Koscielny’s future. The 33yo captain does not anticipate playing for the Gunners again #SRFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 30, 2019
The whole situation has left a bitter taste in the mouth, so here’s hoping there’s a swift resolution.
Ornstein also reported that we’re trying to push Shkodran Mustafi towards the exit door, which presumably means we’ve got another centre-back target in mind.