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How Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny can solve transfer standoff and get dream move to France

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny needs to make a 'breakthrough' with the club - Johnson

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny needs to make a ‘breakthrough’ with the club – Johnson (Pic: GETTY)

That’s according to French football expert Jonathan Johnson, who doesn’t think interested parties Rennes and Bordeaux were banking on paying a transfer fee for the defender.

Koscielny, 33, stunned the Gunners by refusing to travel to America for their pre-season tour earlier this month.

A statement released by Arsenal read: “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.”

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“I think it’s going to take some sort of breakthrough between Koscielny and Arsenal”

Jonathan Johnson

It is believed the Frenchman was left seething with Arsenal for denying him a move away this summer, with a return to Ligue 1 reportedly on his agenda.

But Johnson insists there will need to be a significant development between Koscielny and the club for him to leave the Emirates this summer.

“I think it’s going to take some sort of breakthrough between Koscielny and Arsenal,” he said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.

“Whether that’s a reduced asking price or they eventually grant him a free transfer for being a good servant to the club.

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny refused to go on the club's pre-season tour of America

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour of America (Pic: GETTY)

Koscielny needs to make a 'breakthrough' with the Gunners to seal a move away, says Johnson

Koscielny needs to make a ‘breakthrough’ with the Gunners to seal a move away, says Johnson (Pic: GETTY)

“But I don’t think Rennes and Bordeaux were banking on paying a transfer fee for him.

“Rennes at this moment in time is a more attractive project than Bordeaux, so it’s understandable that Koscielny would be leaning towards them.

“They’re a club that do very well with young players, they nurture a lot of young talent and they probably need somebody like Koscielny, an old head, to come in there and help push this young batch of players forward.’

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth thinks Koscielny has played his last game for Arsenal, yet he says the club will be determined not to let him go for free because he has breached his contract.

“It’s reaching the point of no return, though, for Koscielny at Arsenal if it hasn’t already,” he said.

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Rennes and Bordeaux are the favourites to prise Koscielny away from Arsenal

Rennes and Bordeaux are the favourites to prise Koscielny away from Arsenal (Pic: GETTY)

“Unai Emery spoke earlier on in the summer about next season he wants five captains in his team and he wants one of them to be English.

“He was talking up Rob Holding as a potential leader in that team and he said ‘last season we had Aaron Ramsey and we had Petr Cech who were leaders and they’ve left.’ And then he actually mentioned Laurent Koscielny, and he could leave as well.

“I think all the ingredients are there for us to almost assume now that Koscielny’s probably played his last game for Arsenal.

“It’s whether they can get some sort of deal whereby Arsenal don’t want to lose faith (face) here, because Laurent Koscielny effectively has breached his contract. He’s refused to go on this pre-season tour.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/794860/Arsenal-transfer-news-Laurent-Koscielny-Rennes-Bordeaux-Ligue-1

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