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Koscielny to join Bordeaux in €5m deal

Laurent Koscielny is in France to undergo a medical at Bordeaux, with a €5 million (£4.6m/$5.6m) deal close to completion, while Carl Jenkinson is also edging towards the exits at Arsenal.
The French defender has made no secret of his desire to head home this summer and is now in the process of completing a return to Ligue 1

Sources close to events in north London have confirmed to Goal that the experienced centre-half is set to see his wish granted of securing a return to his homeland.

Koscielny, who still has one year left to run on his contract at Emirates Stadium, has made no secret of his desire to head home this summer .

He has been pushing for a move despite Arsenal’s reluctance to part with his services.

The Gunners had been hoping that the 33-year-old could be talked around , allowing him to see out his agreement and aid Unai Emery’s cause in 2019-20.

His departure will leave the club short on reliable options at the heart of their back four, with questions having been asked of Shkodran Mustafi on a regular basis.

Koscielny is, however, determined to make his way back to Ligue 1 after nine years in the Premier League and is now in the process of finalising a switch late in the summer window.

Arsenal have reluctantly agreed a sale with Bordeaux but will feel that they are bringing in decent money for a player running down his deal and with his best years behind him.

The Gunners are also holding talks regarding the potential departure of another long-serving defender.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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