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Arsenal Transfer News: Barca In Surprise Move For Gunners Ace

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has emerged as a transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona this summer as the Catalans look to strengthen their defence.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Barcelona are linked with a move for an Arsenal defender.

Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Barcelona, according to the Metro.

Barca are short of options at centre back, with midfielders Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets regularly deployed at the back last season. This has lead to new boss Tito Vilanova making strengthening the heart of his defence his top priority this summer.

The Metro claims the Spanish giants have been linked with the likes of PSG-bound Thiago Silva and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen, but have been forced to look at cheaper alternatives due to limited transfer funds.

The Catalans are believed to have turned their attention to Vermaelen’s Arsenal team-mate Laurent Koscielny and are seriously considering making a bid for the French centre-back.

Koscienly struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League during his first season with the Gunners following his move from Lorient in 2010. However, his form improved drastically last year and the 26-year-old was one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers during a turbulent campaign.

This has lead to interest from some of Europe’s top clubs with Inter Milan previously linked with a move before Barca’s interest was revealed.

The news of interest from Spain is likely to push Arsenal into opening talks over a new contract for Koscielny quicker than they had initially planned. The defender has two years to run on his current deal and the Gunners want him to commit his long-term future to the club and are set to offer him a new five-year contract.

Football Talk Verdict

Seriously? Barcelona want another Arsenal player?! I’m hoping this is nothing more than idle transfer gossip as the last thing we need is that lot unsettling Koscielny just as he cements himself as an important first team player at the Emirates.

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However, the way Kos played last season i’d expect Barca do have him down on their short list of potential targets this summer. But that doesn’t mean A) they will turn that interest into an official move or B) that a deal will happen.

What do you make of Barca’s reported interest in Koscielny? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. :|

    July 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

    LOL !!

  2. T-BOY

    July 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    This is not going to happen.

  3. santosh

    July 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

    is it true that kos’s grandpa trained with barca ?

  4. asraf gooner

    July 15, 2012 at 9:40 am


  5. Aussie Jack

    July 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This is one guy they are NOT getting.

  6. Millz

    July 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Poor journalism. Metro should come up with better stories. We’ve just signed giroud, a very good friends of kos and we’re in contract talks with him. Probably just his agent trying to create interest so he gets a better contract, nothing to worry about.

  7. :D

    July 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    koscielny eats barca players in breakfast !!

  8. Flo

    July 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Ha ha ha ha………………….

  9. Akin Akanji

    July 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Any club running after our first team players this season is an enemy of progress.Before it was TV5,now it is Kos,tomorrow it will be AWenger just to disstabilise the team and upset the fans.

  10. Andrew Kachikwu

    July 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Who comes up with these rumors ?
    Some are really pathetic, just this one.

  11. J.A.R.K

    July 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wat a funny story,kos to barca no i knw he will a new deal wit da gunner.wenger jst nid to settle da situation nd renew his contract as thr z a defencesive prblm wuldnt want to loose our ace man 4 any other club. up gooner push 4 championship.

  12. J.A.R.K

    July 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Oh yeah dat true Akin Akanji bt fail deal koscielny z ganna a new deal at arsenal be jst sure.

  13. J.A.R.K

    July 15, 2012 at 10:43 am


  14. J.A.R.K

    July 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Hahahahaha -_-

  15. Abu

    July 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Wat bad story is dat!

  16. Reginald

    July 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Let all clubs liv gunners players alone, let dem trin dea own boys 2 b lik ur boy ok i kn d cnt gt kos .happy Gunners happy fans gud players inded gentle fans inded, u cn gt m on 2go 2milion by niky

  17. Sibs

    July 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Kos for Arsenal

  18. Sibeso

    July 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Kos for Gunners, i lov the guy. Please stay.

  19. tewodros

    July 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    why 4 all attack arsenal? I proud by arsenal.

  20. Andy

    July 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    This is just the media’s dirty work, their fully aware that the creation of an interesting story not only brings readers but actively intensifies speculation, makes a player think about their options, and makes clubs think about the availability of the player concerned.

  21. Nadabo police

    July 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    U let him go on good price mr wenger ok gunners 4ever

  22. Sunny

    July 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Barca can you just Buzz off.! What’s happening in your academy? Is the Arsenal empty, that you want to raid England’s Arsenal’s again. Get life, and create a wall of your own. You are disgrace.

  23. fezi

    July 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    What a JOKE!!! Koscielny is goin NOWHERE

  24. mati

    July 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    barca is taking everything from arsenal

  25. Etomchi

    July 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Wot a joke .arsene plz dnt let dis dstablise u .we need another defender 2 support wot we hav .plz stil consider defensive midfield song cnt go al alone

  26. james

    July 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    these rumours page are so sad and pathetic. he wont go nowhere. he is going to sign a new four year contract. so rumours page and barcelona go to hell

  27. sifiso

    July 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    is there any other team barcoloyna should look @ besides Gunners , hate u barsha

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