Defender On Barcelona Long List
Arsenal central defender Laurent Koscielny is being linked with interest from Barcelona.
France international Koscielny has a little over 18 months left on his current deal at the Emirates. But he is one of a number of names being linked with the Catalan side as they sweat on Samuel Umtiti’s injury situation. Umtiti is recovering from a knee injury and Mundo Deportivo claims he may have to undergo surgery which will keep him out of action until the New Year at the earliest.
If that’s the case then Barca will make a move for an experienced centre-back and Koscielny is one of the names who are believed to be in the frame.
Koscielny, Chelsea’s David Luiz and players such as former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic – currently with Zenit St Petersburg – Mehdi Benatia of Juventus, Adil Rami of Marseille, Jose Fonte of Lille, Domagoj Vida of Besiktas, Raul Albiol of Napoli and the Lokomotiv Moscow duo of Benedikt Howedes and Vedrun Corluka are also being linked.