In news that hasn’t pleased our Arsenal punters in the Football Transfer Tavern, the Gunners supporters are reading in the Daily Express that Pep Guardiola has given a clear indication that he wants Laurent Koscielny to boost his defensive ranks at the Allianz Arena next term.
The Champions League finalists have already made plans for next season after snapping up Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze for £32 million and the Bavarians show no sign of abating in the transfer market after being armed with a reported £270 million war chest.
Koscielny has been impressive for Arsene Wenger’s side of late and has added a steel and determination which has coincided with Arsenal pushing Chelsea and Tottenham hard for a place in the much coveted top four Champions League qualification positions.
Having replaced the shaky Thomas Vermaelen, both Koscielny and team-mate Per Mertesacker have been enjoying a fruitful partnership and Gunners fans would be devastated to see this duo split up in the summer by Bayern.
The Gunners have allegedly already rebuffed the Bayern interest, stating that the French international is off bounds according to Goal.com with a £20 million fee placed upon his shoulders to stave off the interest.