Arsenal interested in Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias – Mail

Koscielny wants out

Prior to the 2019/20 season kicking off, Arsenal have some defensive issues.

Rob Holding is still injured, and both Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny are getting on in years.

Shkodran Mustafi is still available to the Gunners, but he isn’t exactly a top-four central defender.

Arsenal have been linked with William Saliba, but even if they do get him, it looks as though he will be loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the forthcoming season.

Koscielny then threw a spanner in Arsenal’s transfer plans earlier this week when he refused to travel with the Gunners for their preseason tour.

Reports have emerged that Koscielny wants to leave Arsenal for free and return to France.

Arsenal will reportedly open up disciplinary proceedings against the Frenchman.

Laurent Koscielny

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates their win during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Benfica standout

Now, according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are looking at Benfica’s Ruben Dias as a potential replacement for Koscielny.

Arsenal are said to have considered a move for Dias at the start of the current window, as per the Mail.

Dias is believed to have a release clause of £54m.

The centre-back featured 55 times across all competitions last season for Benfica, in which he scored five and assisted four.

Despite being just 22, Dias is proving himself to be one of the top defenders in Portugal.

Related: Arsenal to open disciplinary proceedings against Laurent Koscielny – Sky

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