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Barcelona Make Formal Enquiry Over £20m-Rated Arsenal Ace

Reports are claiming that Spanish giants Barcelona have made an enquiry for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who’s rated at around £20m by the London club.

With the summer transfer window set to open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Barcelona have made an approach for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

Laurent Koscielny

Look away now Arsenal fans because reports are claiming that Spanish giants Barcelona have made an enquiry for defender Laurent Koscielny.

After a difficult start to life in north London following his move from Lorient in 2010, that included a catastrophic error in the final of the 2011 Carling Cup Final, Koscielny has established himself as an important member of Arsene Wenge’rs starting eleven and forged an impressive partnership alongside Per Mertesacker during the second half of last season.

It seems that form has alerted some of Europe’s super-powers with the Sun newspaper reporting that Barcelona have joined Bayern Munich in showing an interest in the £20m-rated Frenchman and the La Liga champions are believed to have made contact with the club to make a formal enquiry over his availability.

The bad news is that the 27-year-old has recently been quoted as saying he will consider leaving the Emirates in search of silverware:

‘I want to win a championship, I don’t want to be fighting like we have this season because it was very tiring psychologically.

‘I feel good at Arsenal, if we have ambition to fight against the other teams of course I want to stay here.

‘We are always under pressure, a season without the Champions League for Arsenal is catastrophic.

‘I have the desire to add to my list of honours. I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere.’ Koscielny is quoted as saying by the Metro.

The good news is that Koscielny signed a new five-year deal last summer so we hold all the cards. We can force him to stay if we want or we can demand a sizable fee if he forces a move. My personal opinion is he will stay at least another year but it could be tricky to keep his head straight if the likes of Barca and Bayern make a real push for his signature this summer.

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What do you think Gooners? Will Kos stay this summer or will he have his head turned? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Bob

    June 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

    This is nonsensical. I don’t think you understand English at all. Koscielny is simply saying that he is happy at Arsenal and will stay because the club is ambitious to fight other big clubs.

  2. John

    June 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Why are you sweating this? He has just signed a five year contract, we are about to make at least £70 million a year for the next five years! Bayern and Barca will need to offer us a big named player and a fair bit of cash before we Chose to sell.

  3. Cesc

    June 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    An exchange with Cesc would be more than welcome for me

  4. Declan Humphrets

    June 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    It’s about time we stood up to Barca.

    The way they ended the season especially the Bayern result leads me to believe they are an ageing team who will struggle next season

    As for Arsenal, Arsene start spending the money . The longer it goes on the more desperate we will become!!

    Fellini being a classic example.

  5. Bulls eye

    June 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Spend the money asene…. Buy felaini,higuain,and good right back nd swanseas duo

  6. Ndaeminti

    June 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Up barca

  7. Giorgio Inzani

    June 16, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Think he’ll stay, or face a year on the bench at Barca. Good player, but may be getting a bit complacent

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  9. Sam Kargbo

    June 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I guess this is all in the spirit of inventing news.Unlike other departed players,most of whom have regretted their decisions, Kos has long subsisting contract that gives Arsenal the leverage.

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