It is starting to look like Laurent Koscielny will be leaving Arsenal this summer and it could happen within the next few days if the latest reports out of France are accurate.
According to L’Equipe, Bordeaux executive Hugo Varela and sporting director Eduardo Macia have travelled to London to discuss a deal with Arsenal for the 33-year-old.
The French outfit has accepted that a fee will have to be paid but not the £9 Million that Arsenal is demanding and are looking to persuade the Gunners to accept a lower figure.
This is in actual fact an advance on what was being touted previously with the French clubs hoping to land Koscielny on a free transfer, at least now they will be paying some sort of fee.
It is clear that Koscienly will not play for Arsenal again and it is in the best interests of everyone if he leaves but the club will not be rolled over again and will only allow the Frenchman to leave on their terms.
The fact that Bordeaux has sent over two high-level club representatives shows they mean business and they do appear to be determined to get a deal done.
I would suggest that means that we are getting closer to a conclusion on this and that a deal could be done within days.
Other clubs are interested notably, Rennes but Bordeaux must now be considered the clear frontrunners.