Rennes deny having Koscielny agreement

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Rennes president Olivier Létang says the Ligue 1 club do not have an agreement with Laurent Koscielny and that their interest in the defender cooled in mid-June when Arsenal told them he wasn’t for sale.

Angry that we wouldn’t let him leave for anything less than £10 million, our club captain refused to go on our pre-season tour of the USA in the hope of forcing a move. Since then he’s been forced to train with the kids at London Colney.

Via his agent, we know that Koscielny was talking to potential suitors towards the end of the 2017/18 season with a view to leaving at the same time as Arsene Wenger. His horrible Achilles injury killed that idea and after a long recovery, he returned to first team action at the Emirates in December.

Judging by Létang’s words, Rennes were one of the clubs trying to lure Koscielny back to France this time last year and they registered interest again in June, however, they maintain they have since backed away.

“We learned about [the so-called agreement] like you,” Létang told Foot Mercato [translated by Football365]. “Even my son told me it seems Koscielny is on his way.

“I told him that was false. He’s a good player with a lot of experience at international level.

“We met him twice last year. When we heard there was a chance he could leave in early June, we called Arsenal to ask if that was true because we could be interested.

“Around mid-June, they got back to us and told us they wanted to renew him. He wasn’t for sale.

“We haven’t had any more talks with the player. We have great respect for other clubs. We can’t talk with a player if the team don’t want him to leave, so I can say what came out this weekend is false and isn’t current.

“No, we haven’t spoken to Arsenal since mid-June. For me, there’s no point talking with the player if the door isn’t open.”

While direct contact between the club and player may not have taken place. It’s fair to say they’ve probably spoken to his agent and that Koscielny is well-aware of their financial terms. That’s just the way football is and always has been.

Bordeaux, another club supposedly sniffing around, have also said that they have not spoken to the player. By the sound of things, they’d quite like to. Quizzed about Koscielny, coach Paulo Sousa said yesterday, “I have already said it, he is not our player.

“He is a player that every team would like to have because of his experience, the quality of his play and everything that he represents in football.

“We are in the market for central defenders because Jules Kounde has left and so we are looking for another player to replace him.

“All talks are ongoing but once again he is not our player.

“We are working hard to give ourselves the chance to have a player with his characteristics.”

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Stuart_Ten
Stuart_Ten

No Kos
Mustafi be Mustafi
Sokratis getting on
Monreal getting on
Chambers never convincing at CB for us

Praying that Holding is back to his best and available at the start of the season..because as things stand we will somehow be worse defensively than last season..

Kolasinac
Kolasinac

I would seriously prefer to try Zech Medley in front of Mustafi 🙂 We must do something about that situation mustn´t we ?

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

We should have sold Mustafi even at low price instead of keeping him.

The way he made errors in recent friendly matches showed nothing different from last year. We can’t afford his mistakes anymore.

Seriously, Sanllehi and Emery has made this summer as one of the worst transfer window ever even if they can manage to land Ceballos (loan) and one winger (Zaha/Everton). They don’t really have targets and don’t want to sell leftovers at any cost. Now we stuck with Ozil 350k per week, Micky 250k per week.

Sigh.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

I’d like to play you, or me ahead of mustafi.

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

I’ve got to the stage of being angry when he smiles m, I know that’s ridiculous but I can’t help it.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Chambers was impressive as a CB when he came to the club. Injury with Wenger’s usual idea of seeing young players in various positions and lending them to other clubs did not help him at all.

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

Just want the koscienly situation to be over with. He’s an ungrateful prick that threw his legacy down the drain to play for mediocre teams in a mediocre league.

For those that think we owe koscienly anything, think of how error prone he was during his first 3-4 seasons. He would either score and own goal, concede a penalty or get a red card every other game.

I’d rather keep him in the reserves all year than let him leave on a free. If he went about it better and was professional – like he has been throughout his arsenal career – I might have been willing.

Chidi
Chidi

Those error-prone couple of years you speak of don’t count as he’s been quite massive for the greater part of his contract.
I don’t quite know what might be the cause of his current contract mess but whatever would justify him to be a prick would be the little we know about this contract mess and definitely not his errors a few years back.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Mustafi is terrible. His wages are excellent (reportedly £150,000 a week). The chances of selling him are negligible (for reason, see “terrible” and “wages”). Holding is about the only ray of sunshine on the horizon as far as I can see.

Doesn’t the thought of the defence actually being worse that the omni-shambles it was last season, particularly towards the end, make you shiver? It should.

Henkamp
Henkamp

I just want to say thank you Arseblog for keeping us updated with developments from all parts of the club.

You have actually made me more interested in following and support the Arsenal ladies.

As for this Koscielny news, I am still wondering how everything just turned yoyo all of a sudden! He was the last person on the team I would expect such a behavior from.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Lolo turned yoyo? Weird!

BigToks
BigToks

This is becoming embarrassing for Kos.

David C
David C

1 more year with Arsenal and he would have had a testimonial game in the future. Just a sad ending to one of my favourite players from the last 10 years…

Anyone think Kos will be playing for us this year or has he burned all his bridges?

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Bridges burned. Get him off the wage bill, no point in keeping him in the reserves to prove a point. I don’y want to see him in an Arsenal shirt again.

Julio Baptista's humble alter ego
Julio Baptista's humble alter ego

God and the King have both spoken!!

DDDDDave
DDDDDave

The club paid for him to be nursed through his injury (as well as paying his salary) – I think that there should be some payback for that. He either goes for a decent fee or stays and plays.
I haven’t forgotten Sol, who told Arsene that he had to leave and play abroad on a free for his own sanity. Arsene did the “decent thing” and let him go and he ended up on a fat salary at Portsmouth.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Not as fat as his arse though

jat307
jat307

Don’t conflate. Sol has nothing to do with Kos. We can dislike or detest the method of each in their own way but this isn’t comparable. Kos or any player who gets injured in service to the club (Welbeck,Santi, Diaby) should be taken care of. That is the understanding between player and a club. The player prepares his body and puts his body on the line, he gets rewarded with money. Should he get injured, the club pays him and repairs him with the best practices available.

To say because Arsenal did the least they could for him, he now owes Arsenal is foolish. He shouldn’t have protested as he did, but 34, servere injury, extremely high minutes upon early return. Looking at guys in his playing position who aren’t being signed to lessen the minutes on his even older legs. I’d want out and so would any player not a Arsenal supporter to their core. To say anything else is to put fandom upon the player’s choice rather than common sense. It’s not his fault we don’t sign better, younger or more capable defenders.

9 years and his best playing partner was probably Per. That’s really saying a lot about how two different adminstrations running this club have bought and dealt with developing defensive talent.

He should not have done what he did. But our club should have and could have done so much better at any point in the 18-19 transfer windows he’s been a member. They could’ve found a teenager at this point and turned him into something. We are banking on Holding. If he comes good that’s one guy in that amount of time. Sad.

Richie

Have you been to Portsmouth though? It’s like being abroad.

rNeo
rNeo

So sad that this is ending this way. The guy should be getting his testimonial (when he has had 10
seasons with us) but here we are. I love the way he carries himself in today’s celebrity player culture. Humble, quiet, no social media antics and did his job. A good man and a good player. He will be missed.

Ayleym
Ayleym

Leave him training with the kids until the required fee is met. If it isn’t he can train with them until he wants to act like our captain again and then leave when his contract ends. No player is bigger than the club

Arse-head
Arse-head

What kind of fee can we realistically expect, 2/3 million? Let him go for fuck sake. Everyone looks bad in this situation not just Koscielny

Bring back David Hillier

Bored of this already. Kos has been a very good player , but it’s time to say goodbye and quickly.

Santori
Santori

He is doing us a massive favour.

What the club is doing is they are again trying to skimp on what they really need to do. Likely they are reluctant to spend on a proper solution at Cback.

They know they have to pay market rate 30-35m for a winger.

They know they have 40m plus (IF) we can sell some players maybe an additional 20m.

That leaves about 25-30m for the Cback.

Instead they prefer to throw shiny objects at an all too gullible fan base, buy a short term seemingly cheap option in an (UNPROVEN) Saliba with installments (which eventually will cost us 29m) and since we have some money left, opportunity but Tierney.

But Tierney’s club is proving difficult and this does in NO way help our immediate Cback issues crying for remedy for a while now.

The fall back of course is if they could land Tierney, they will hope to keep Koscielny as some sort of reserve option (with the same Cbacks), trumpet the LANS in Holding and hope the fan base is sufficiently distracted.

By insisting on a higher pay to stay, Le Boss is forcing their hand, making that poor position untenable and taking himself out of the equation.

Hopefully it forces them to rethink the Cback issue but I would not put it pass them to go for the poor option in just signing Saliba and calling it a day.

That would be foolish.

Saliba is over hyped, has not even played as much football as say Upamecano or Ibrahima Kayote at RB Liepzig. His stats are misleading aggregated over a far lower number of games.

PLUS eventually he will cost us 29m and should he prove false, we will have a massive loss not to mention difficulties moving him onwards (with more complications to purchases in subsequent markets)

AND there is ZERO immediate impact to our needs at Cback and defensively with him inexplicably rented out.

It is a rubbish option.

Elbon
Elbon

Shut up fgs!

doug
doug

This issue needs to sort itself out before it goes on much longer.
Not a good luck for Kos which is a shame considering all he has done for us

Santori
Santori

Its a shame fans are treating Koscielny in such a mypoic way.

He is doing us a service taking himself out of contention next season and forcing (attempting to) the club to reconsider their cheap way of fixing defense.

THINK.

Santori
Santori

Should not be holding on to him.

Take 5m.

Its ludicrous what the club is doing.

We need to be selling other players as well and trying to make 20-25m

Jenkinson and Elneny however much, just get rid of.

Ozil or Mhki should be about 10m either one (with Ozil unlikely bc of wages)

Mustafi or Chambers at 15-20m (Chambers prob a bit more on account of local content)

Maybe Bielik if he goes hopefully for good money otherwise we should hold.

And Ospina I believe made us 3m (paltry but OK)

Added up if we can garner 25m to add to 40m we havea functional amount but we should invest in 2 positions Only (Cback and winger) with CM thankfully a loan)…with leaning toward QUALITY over quantity.

Santori
Santori

https://www.90min.com/posts/6413451-nabil-fekir-why-premier-league-clubs-should-be-queueing-up-to-sign-him

Nabil Fekir

Injury issue aside, ONLY 24m to Betis and offered to us at 30m (note price difference for different clubs)

Why we were not in for him is beyond me. He would pair well with Laca (convince Laca to stay), has proven himself at highest level over many seasons (If Auba is good enough and Laca, its a strawman argument to say Fekir is not) and is still ONLY 25yrs!

Betis have a steal for 17m plus 9m add ons.

Another player we should have strongly considered is Ziyech. Only 22m according to Overmars who was a bit perplexed why we did not go for him.

It seems ridiculous instead we are willing to pump 29m into Saliba, a player who has only featured 16 times last season or 25m for Tierney, a position we don’t need to really worry about for another season.

…more so we are ready to give up Nelson for yet another season and waste 55m on Zaha.

22-24m for the winger would have left us with considerable change to buy a proper solution at Cback.

Santori
Santori

Worth noting – Chelsea Cback Christian Ampadu (18) on season loan with Liepzig.

Again we could well do with either of Upamecano OR Ibrahima Kayote.

BOTH have proven more than Saliba over the course of 49-55 games rather than mere 16 last season.

Liepzig were extremely frugal last season conceding just 29 goals.

Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

“We have a very good plan” – Raul…. What a joke to this statement with the current shambolic transfer business at this point of time.

Santori
Santori

Rumours Emery wants Daniel Rugani (with De Ligt coming in to Juve)

I say get him. If a player of this quality can come in, happy to relinquish both Mustafi and Chambers (if poss), have Rugani-Sokratis-Holding + Bielik.

24yrs, 6’3 good with his feet, schooled at Juventus, surely a no brainer.

Get the wide player position sorted, buy Ziyech for 24m on Overmar’s advise, use another 30-36m for Rugani. Cebellos on loan. Done.

Why so complicated?

GoonerMonkey
GoonerMonkey

Why don’t we ship Kos off to St Etienne instead of loaning Saliba back to them once that deal goes through?

Just a thought…