According to L’Equipe, Laurent Koscielny is attracting interest from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
Our 33-year-old captain has one year left on his contract at the Emirates and it’s currently unclear whether he’s viewed as dispensable or not by the football operations team.
Sport Witness translate that an approach for Kos is spurred by a desire to replace Jules Koundé, a 20-year-old hot prospect who is moving to Sevilla. Clubs in Turkey and German giants Borussia Dortmund have also sniffed around this summer.
On the one hand, we could still command a half-decent transfer fee for Koscielny – that’s if we ignore reports that he’s asking us to release him for free a year early – and we know he weighed up leaving last year.
On the other, he proved he can still handle the rigours of top-level football after a very impressive comeback from a career-threatening achilles injury.
For what it’s worth, we think it would be foolish to sacrifice his experience for a few quid in the bank, especially given the lack of clarity over the future of our other defenders and our struggles to recruit.