Eduardo Macia, head of recruitment at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, says he would happily sign Laurent Koscielny if the defender is made available by Arsenal.
It’s no secret that the Frenchman wants to quit the Emirates this summer despite being under contract for another year and it’s been reported that talks have been held with Rennes.
Last night, Unai Emery said he hadn’t given up hope of persuading his captain to stay for another 12 months but it does look as though the situation is out of the Spaniard’s hands.
“Laurent Koscielny? Of course, if the opportunity was there, we would be happy to bring him,” Macia is quoted as saying by RMC Sport.
He added: “He’s a leader, a smart defender and one of the best defenders I’ve seen in my career, it would be amazing to have a player of his quality in Bordeaux. We can’t say more for now, he’s still under contract at Arsenal.”
Last week, Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa was similarly enthusiastic about Koscielny’s qualities although he was equally keen to stress respect for Arsenal in the situation.
It could well be that Arsenal are making a priority of all incoming business, which needs to be done by 5pm next Thursday. The transfer market does not close for French, German and Spanish clubs until 2nd September.