Bayern Munich are likely to be thwarted in their attempts to lure Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal after it emerged the defender is on a longer contract than first reported.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are reported to have made an enquiry for the Frenchman, after claims in German paper Bild suggested the centre-half had just a year left to run on his Emirates Stadium contract.
The Germans have held a long-standing interest in the former Lorient star and have monitored his progress since 2014 when Koscielny signed an extension to his contract with the Gunners. At the time, it was widely believed that the Frenchman had penned only a three-year deal – taking him to the summer of 2017 – and leaving Bayern believing they’d have a good chance of luring him away from north London this summer.
However, the London Evening Standard claims that Koscielny is in fact under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2019 – and there has even been an indication that he could stay beyond that date if the 30-year-old’s fine form endures.
Despite re-signing Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund this summer, Bayern are continuing to pursue a new centre-half with Medhi Benatia expected to leave the club. The 29-year-old has become frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities having made just 14 starts for the club in all competitions last season, and the Moroccan is expected to sign for Juventus, while former club Roma are also interested.
However, sources close to Koscielny claim he believes his first-team prospects are better suited at Arsenal, where a central defensive partnership of Hummels and Jerome Boateng would be difficult to displace.