Laurent Koscielny reportedly closing on Arsenal exit to join Bordeaux

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny & Bordeaux

According to a couple of reports out of France this weekend, Laurent Koscielny seems to be edging close to his Arsenal exit.

Koscielny is being tipped with a move to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

Yahoo France Sport reporter Manu Lonjon has confirmed that Koscielny is trying to leave Arsenal for Bordeaux.

However, Manu Lonjon also pointed out that there’s a sticking point in the deal, as Koscielny has a year to run on his Gunners contract.

At the same time, local Bordeaux paper Sud Ouest are also suggesting that Koscielny’s move from Arsenal may be close.

Sud Ouest report that the centre-half has been in talks with the club about his transfer.

However, it remains unclear what will happen regarding Koscielny’s contract.

Previously, reports suggested that Koscielny wants Arsenal to waive the final year of his deal, to allow the 33-year-old to move as a free agent.

Arsenal don’t appear to be interested in that option.

Koscielny, the club captain, refused to travel with the rest of the Arsenal squad on their US tour this summer.

Arsenal 3 – Fiorentina 0

Arsenal’s excellent pre-season continued on Saturday against Italian outfit Fiorentina.

The Gunners came into the match after a 2-1 victory over German champions Bayern Munich.

Taking on the Viola in the International Champions Cup, 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah broke the deadlock after 15 minutes.

Nketiah, who also scored against Bayern, then doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 65th.

Joe Willock completed the victory with a late third.

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