Apparently Unai Emery has been told that he needs to offload some players to increase his transfer fund, but I think this Arsenal rumour in today’s Star seems very unlikely to be true. They report…
Arsenal set Laurent Koscielny transfer fee as £27m bid for replacement is planned. ARSENAL will demand £10.6m from Borussia Dortmund for France defender Laurent Koscielny.
I don’t know where they get their information, as they then point out reasons why it is unlikely that Arsenal will get anywhere near that figure! They go on to say: Koscielny has one year left on his Arsenal contract but talks over a new deal failed to bear fruit and he is seeking a new challenge.
Dortmund are currently favourites to land the 33-year-old, who battled back from an Achilles injury this season.
The German giants can offer Koscielny Champions League football next season and he is tempted by the move.
But Arsenal need money for new signings and are not prepared to let him leave on the cheap as they prepare to strengthen their own backline.
There is no doubt that our captain had a very good season after he recovered from his injury, but the fact is that Emery rarely played him twice in a week because of concerns of a relapse.
So can anyone tell me why anyone would pay 10million GBP for an injury-prone 33 year-old with just one year left on his contract?