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Report: Lyon move for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

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Report: Lyon move for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is reportedly wanted by French giants Lyon this summer.

According to Foot Mercato, the Ligue 1 side have made a move for the experienced centre-back and talks have begun over a two-year deal with them.

The report details that the 33-year-old is keen on a return to France, but there is also interest from Stade Rennais, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

It is understood that a minimal fee of around £3million could potentially prize him away from the Gunners, where he still has one year remaining on his deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Koscielny has been in North London since 2010 and has been a consistent performer in the backline during most of that time, but injuries have halted his progress at times.

 

The £90,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) returned from a long-term injury absence last December and established himself as a regular in Unai Emery’s team.

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TBR’s View:

Koscielny’s best days are certainly behind him and Arsenal should look to have a total revamp of their defence in the summer if they can.

The Frenchman has been an excellent servant and was a rock in defence during his peak years, but Emery needs better now to get his side challenging for silverware again.

They missed out on qualification last season for Champions League football after finishing fifth in the Premier League and also losing to Chelsea in the Europa League final.

But Emery is the right man at the Arsenal helm and just needs to put his own stamp on the squad.

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