Reports stemming from the French media this evening suggest that Arsenal wantaway Laurent Koscielny has agreed personal terms with a pair of Ligue 1 clubs.
In something of a bombshell for all associated with the Gunners last week, it was announced that club captain Koscielny had informed Unai Emery and co. that he would not be joining his fellow teammates on their pre-season tour of the US.
An official announcement across Arsenal’s website and social media channels regarding the situation read as follows:
‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.’
‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.’
‘We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’
Ligue 1 interest
The reliable David Ornstein of BBC Sport subsequently provided an insight into Koscielny’s shock decision, citing Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea, and concern over the direction of the club as key.
As such, the Frenchman was said to be eyeing a return to France, amid interest from the likes of Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon.
Significantly, however, Koscielny also requested to have his contract at the Emirates terminated this summer, despite having a year left to run on the agreement.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal are thought to have firmly rejected such a proposition, amid the club’s widely-publicised financial struggles.
Bordeaux or Rennes?
A report from Sky Sports earlier this week, though, revealed that Arsenal were warming to the idea of Koscielny’s sale.
And the latest updates emerging from France this evening suggest that the stopper is now inching ever-closer to an Emirates departure.
First, RMC Sport (via GFFN) reported that Koscielny has agreed on the personal terms of a contract with Ligue 1 outfit Rennes:
Breaking | Laurent Koscielny has agreed personal terms with Rennes, according to RMC. https://t.co/ShB1PkfG1Z
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 21, 2019
A short time later, though, Manu Lonjon of Yahoo France claimed that the 33-year-old has also reached an agreement with Bordeaux.
Lonjon also backs the suggestion that Koscielny has a deal in principle in place with Rennes:
Le dossier Koscielny est très amusant … optimiste à la fois côté Bordelais et côté Rennais. Les 2 disposeraient d’accord contractuel avec le joueur.
— Manu ⭐️⭐️ (@ManuLonjon) July 21, 2019