Arsenal transfer news: Laurent Koscielny ‘agrees terms’ with Ligue 1 side Rennes as Emirates exit edges closer

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Laurent Koscielny has moved one step nearer to leaving Arsenal after reportedly agreeing private phrases with Rennes.

The defender, who took over from Per Mertesacker because the membership’s captain final yr, has remodeled 350 appearances for the Gunners since becoming a member of the membership from Lorient in 2010.

Koscielny’s Arsenal days appear to be numbered

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Koscielny’s Arsenal days look like numbered

The Frenchman refused to go on the club’s tour of the US in order in an attempt to force through a return to his native France.

And his refusal got here as he was believed to be upset at a supposed damaged promise from Arsenal that might he can be allowed to return to Ligue 1 forward of the 2019/20 marketing campaign.

Nevertheless, in response to French outlet RMC, Rennes are in pole place to signal the central defender after agreeing private phrases with the 33-year-old.

Rennes, who completed tenth in Ligue 1 final season, are at present coached by the highly-rated Julien Stéphan and he's eager so as to add an skilled defender to his aspect’s ranks.

Former boss Arsene Wenger, who signed Koscielny ten years in the past, has admitted he's ‘stunned’ by the state of affairs in north London.

“I am very surprised by the current situation,” Wenger told L’Equipe. “I do not know the whole story, but Laurent’s behaviour with me has always been beyond reproach. I think highly of Laurent as a man.”

Meanwhile, current Emirates boss Unai Emery is on the hunt for Koscielny’s successor but with senior players Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech both leaving the Emirates this summer, the Spaniard has found himself short of options for the role.

Switzerland international Xhaka, 26, is an obvious contender as he is a key member of the starting line-up and has suitable leadership qualities for the role.

Wenger is surprised by the Koscielny news

Wenger is stunned by the Koscielny information

However Emery has additionally said that Mesut Ozil could possibly be thought-about, despite the pair reportedly falling out last season and the Spaniard believed to be eager to dump him this summer time in an effort to scale back the wage invoice on the membership.

Emery stated: “We now have spoken concerning the captaincy. Final yr we had Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech who've left us.

“And Laurent Koscielny, who has a contract, who he advised us he needs to go away.

“I would like between three and 5 captains within the staff.

“We've got Granit, we've got Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal and there are different gamers who can even take this place.”

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