Koscielny In Contract Talks
Arsenal central defender Laurent Koscielny is in talks with the club over a new deal.
Koscielny is out of contract at the end of June 2017 but has been linked with interest from big-spending French sides Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco but according to the Daily Mail talks have opened over a new deal that would be worth £90,000 a week to the France international – an increase on the £50,000 a week he earns at present.
The paper adds that Koscielny is hopeful of signing a new deal before the World Cup begins in June. The new pay deal would put him on a par with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott but behind Mesut Ozil.
Koscielny has excelled in his partnership with Per Mertesacker since Arsene Wenger settled on the pair towards the end of last season. Rumours surfaced last week that he was being monitored by a number of top clubs with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea said to be interested as well as the French duo. However, the new deal should calm the fears of Gunners’ fans fearful over the possible departure of on of their top performers.
Gunners Linked With Another Saints Youngster
Meanwhile, Arsenal are being linked with another Southampton youngster. This time it’s 16-year-old Callum Slattery who has been watched on a number of occasions by Arsenal head scout Steve Rowley.
Slattery is at the stage where he will sign his first professional contract but there are fears on the south coast that he will follow two other products of the Southampton youth academy, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in moving to Arsenal.
Slattery plays in midfielder and is regarded as a very mature player for his age. Arsenal are mindful that while they may have to pay a compensation fee to Southampton should they sign him now, it could be much cheaper than waiting until he has established himself further.