Arsenal are in talks with Bordeaux and Rennes over the transfer of wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny.
The 33-year-old defender refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the USA after the club denied his request to be released from his contract a year before it expires.
Despite Arsenal head coach Unai Emery’s attempts to convince Koscielny to stay, an exit from the north London club appears to be moving closer, with both Ligue 1 sides engaged in talks.
Neither Bordeaux or Rennes have yet to meet Arsenal’s valuation of the former France international, who is the club’s longest-serving player, having joined in 2010.
Koscielny’s departure would leave Arsenal with limited depth at centre-back, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi likely to be backed up by the inexperienced Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

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