Arsenal set Koscielny asking price

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Arsenal plan to discipline Laurent Koscielny and have set an asking price of £9million for the wantaway defender.

Arsenal plan to discipline Laurent Koscielny and have set an asking price of £9million for the wantaway defender.

Koscielny is keen to return to his native France this summer and refused to join Arsenal on their pre-season tour of the USA after they rejected his request to be released from the final 12 months of his contract.

Reports now suggest the Gunners are set to open disciplinary proceedings against the 33-year-old France international, who moved to north London nine years ago in a £10million deal from Lorient.

Separate reports have claimed Arsenal have no intention of allowing the defender to leave on a cut-price deal and have set an asking price of 10million euros [approx £9m] for Koscielny.

Ligue 1 trio Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes are all keen to bring in Koscielny but it remains to be seen if any of those clubs will be prepared to fork out such a fee for a veteran defender who will be a free agent next summer.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery would probably prefer to offload Koscielny if possible rather than keep the player against his will going into the new season, and the Gunners may soften their stance as the transfer deadline draws closer but for the time being it seems as if they are standing firm on their asking price.

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