Koscielny Agrees Terms With Ligue 1 Club
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has agreed to join French side Rennes; however, the Gunners’ management have yet to agree the move.
Koscielny, 33, refused to travel with the rest of the Arsenal side to the United States for their pre-season tour. He is one year from the end of his contract with the club and as is common with players over the age of 30 he will only be offered a one-year deal.
But Koscielny was offered a three-year contract by Bordeaux and it was Arsenal’s refusal to allow him to leave without a fee being paid that has led to the current impasse.
French radio station RMC claims Koscielny has now come to an agreement with Rennes.
Arsenal will only allow the France international to leave for a fee of €10 million (around £9 million). That could scupper any deal with both Rennes and Bordeaux keen on Koscielny if they don’t have to pay a fee.
Gunners Closing In On Ceballos Deal
Meanwhile, Arsenal look set to pip their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.
The Gunners have held lengthy talks both with Madrid and with Ceballos and his advisors.
Ceballos is one of a number of players being shunted out by Madrid as Zinedine Zidane starts to rebuild the under-performing side.
Spurs have also shown an interest but a move to Arsenal appears to be on the cards.
Ceballos will join on a season-long loan.