Arsenal confirm deal to sell captain Koscielny

Date published: Tuesday 6th August 2019 9:28 - Ian Watson

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has completed his move to Bordeaux for a fee of around £4.6m.

Koscielny has made clear his desire to leave Arsenal this summer, having caused a stir by refusing to travel for their pre-season tour of the United States.

The Gunners denied his request to be released from the final year of his contract to allow him a return to his native France while Unai Emery made attempts to convince the 33-year-old to stay.

But Arsenal have reached an agreement with Bordeaux that will see Koscielny move back across the Channel.

Rennes were also interested but they hoped to be able to avoid paying a fee for the central defender.

Bordeaux manager Paulo Sousa recently discussed his interest in Koscielny, saying: “He is a player that every team would like to have because of his experience, the quality of his play and everything that he represents in football.

“We are in the market for central defenders because Jules Koundé has left and so we are looking for another player to replace him. All talks are ongoing but once again he is not our player.”

 

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