Bordeaux in advanced talks with £75,000-a-week Arsenal defender

Following the marquee signing of Nicolas Pepe, it looks as though Gunners are yet to close the door on the exit of one of their highest-profile first-team players. Bordeaux representatives Hugo Varela and Eduardo Macia travelled to Arsenal to keeping tabs with London club’s hierarchy over a potential move for wantaway star Laurent Koscielny.

French club’s chiefs were attempting to convince Arsenal to part with Laurent for free. The veteran defender has 12 months left on his current contract with the Gunners. Ligue 1 club are willing to pay some fee for Koscielny, however, this is far from the £10m price tag that Gunners have slapped on the 33-year-old centre-back.

Stade Rennais are also interested in the defender’s services. French centre-back sparked controversy last month after refusing to travel with the London club on their pre-season tour, Laurent wasn’t happy that the Gunners didn’t grant him a free transfer to come back to his homeland this transfer window.

Koscielny demanded a free transfer after it was made clear to him that a long-term contract from the London club wasn’t in the pipeline. The defender is also understandably in Unai Emery’s bad books, as Spaniard pleaded with his stalwart to travel on the Gunners tour three times.

Frenchman has made 518 appearances across all tournaments during his time at the Emirates, it looks as though the defender has tarnished his legacy by kicking up a fuss after his desire to leave was rejected. He also played regularly in the national team line-up.