Report: Laurent Koscielny agrees terms with Rennes
According to reports in France, Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is said to have agreed personal terms with Ligue 1 side Rennes, as the defender’s future remains in the balance with the start of the season looming.
Koscielny’s refusal to join the Arsenal squad in the United States for their pre-season tour has left the centre-back with an uncertain few weeks ahead – as the club are yet to discipline their captain for his actions – of which Arsenal say they are ‘very disappointed’.
It is thought that the Gunners skipper has been seeking a move away after failing to negotiate a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, which, according to reports last week, could have seen him take a pay cut of around 50% – prompting Koscielny to seek legal advice over the matter.
Now, RMC Sport have indicated in a report that the Frenchman is making efforts to seal a move back to his home nation, with Koscielny favouring a move to Rennes – although domestic rivals Bordeaux remain interested in the defender.
The report also claims that Koscielny is trying to bring an end to his Arsenal stay by staging talks with club officials to come to an agreement.
Having signed for the Gunners in 2010, Koscielny is the club’s longest-serving player, and has been Arsenal captain since the departure of Per Mertesacker, who is now part of the club’s academy setup.
But with the centre-back approaching his tenth year in red and white, the failure to agree a contract extension has ended up with Koscielny refusing to play with his teammates ahead of the new campaign – meaning there is now a risk that his Arsenal career could be coming to an end.
However, with Arsenal said to be determined on receiving a fee of around £10m to allow Koscielny to leave, a reluctance to pay from some of his suitors (with Bordeaux said to only be keen on a free transfer, per The Daily Mirror) leaves the 33-year-old at a crossroads.
Whatever happens with the seemingly wantaway captain, Arsenal face going into the season without the player deemed to be the team’s on-pitch leader.
With the captain reportedly agreeing terms with another team, there is very little to suggest that Koscielny will turn out in an Arsenal shirt again – leaving the Gunners with the task of replacing him with just weeks of the window remaining.
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