Lucrative Koscielny offer leaves Emery with a headache

Date published: Wednesday 10th July 2019 9:00

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Arsenal face a defensive dilemma after reports have claimed that Bordeaux have offered Laurent Koscielny a lucrative, long-term contract.

The Daily Mirror report that Bordeaux “are believed to have offered the defender a three-year deal to bring him back to his home nation”.

And that could well be hard to turn down for 33-year-old Koscielny, who has just 12 months to run on his Gunners deal.

There are not believed to have been any talks between the club and Koscielny about extending his Emirates deal and the report claims “there is a feeling that Arsenal will just allow Koscielny to run down his contract”.

Koscielny on the other hand will be looking for some longer term security and a two-year offer, with the option of a third looks like an attractive proposition for the Tulle-born defender.

Last month L’Equipe claimed Rennes had made contact with the player and his agent to see if a move would interest him.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is understood to be looking for two new defenders with William Saliba believed to be close to arriving before being loaned back to Saint-Etienne.

Emery though will have a big decision to make, with the Mirror claiming Arsenal would be reluctant to let Koscielny leave with “Shkodran Mustafi surplus to requirements” and before he has a suitable replacement.

Calum Chambers is an option for Emery after his impressive season-long loan at Fulham last term, while Rob Holding is said to be making good progress after a knee injury.


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