Bordeaux source confident about Laurent Koscielny’s desire to move

L’Équipe report that Bordeaux are Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny’s preferred destination after the Frenchman refused to travel on the Gunners’ US tour yesterday.

A source at Les Girondins had the following to say on the situation: “I think that he wants to come. On our side, in any case, it is work that we have put in for a long period of time. It is on the Arsenal side that things are blocked.”

Arsenal are understood to have offered the player a one-year contract extension, which is however a shorter deal than what Bordeaux, who have the advantage of being geographically situated near his birthplace of Tulle, are offering.

If English press are right to indicate that Arsenal want €10m in order to sell the 33-year-old, then a deal won’t be possible. Bordeaux are open to paying a fee, but nowhere near that amount, according to the outlet.

It is understood by Yahoo Sport FR that in parallel, Koscielny’s agent is continuing negotiations with Rennes, who are close to a salary agreement with the former Lorient man.


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