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.
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) 10 July 2019
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.
Club statement on Laurent Koscielny
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 11, 2019
Reports have emerged that Koscielny wants to leave Arsenal for free and return to France.
Laurent Koscielny has told Arsenal he wants to be released for free. He wants to go back to France.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) July 11, 2019
Arsenal will reportedly open up disciplinary proceedings against the Frenchman.
Arsenal will open disciplinary proceedings against Laurent Koscielny after he refused to join the club on their pre-season tour, accoridng to Sky sources.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 12, 2019
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.