According to ESPN, Laurent Koscielny will today finalise a move to Bordeaux.
The Arsenal skipper has been keen to exit the club since refusing to go on the summer tour, and has spent weeks training with the youngsters.
Attempts to mend fences with the 33 year old have ended in failure, and whatever breakdown there has been over his contract appears now to be completely irreconcilable.
A fee of around €5m is being reported, with Arsenal unwilling to bend to the player’s desire to be allowed leave for free. The Frenchman signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2020 in 2017, and even posted about it on Twitter:
— Koscielny (@6_LKOSCIELNY) January 12, 2017
Whatever has happened is a real shame, as after nine years he’ll leave under a cloud.
We’ve yet to fully hear his side of the story, or why he thought he should be let go for free, but no doubt it will come out in the wash sooner or later.
Official confirmation could come today.