LYON, Bordeaux and Rennes are set for a transfer battle for Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny after he went on strike yesterday, according to reports.
The French centre-back refused to travel with the rest of squad for a pre-season tour of the USA, demanding to be let go for free.
Bordeaux and Lyon seemed to have been the front-runners for Koscielny’s signature.
But according to Yahoo Sport in France, the Arsenal rebel is now “close” to agreeing personal terms with Rennes.
Gunners chiefs are open to the idea of letting the defender return to his homeland.
However, they will ask potential suitors to fork out at least £10million for him.
The Frenchman could also buy himself out of his current contract to secure a move away.
Koscielny, 33, will not avoid punishment for his actions as furious Arsenal are planning to fine the £90k-a-week star a fortnight’s wages and force him to train with the kids.
And Unai Emery is also set to strip the centre-back, who has spent his last nine seasons at the Emirates, of the captaincy.
Although the Gunners boss still wants the club’s longest-serving player to stay.
Koscielny made new Gunners technical director Edu’s first day in the office a memorable one.
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He turned up at the training ground yesterday with no luggage as Arsenal were about to board an 11-hour flight to Los Angeles.
And the Frenchman then announced he would stay in London, asking to be released from his contract, which expires in 2020.
But Koscielny’s astonishing act of defiance has only strengthened Arsenal’s resolve not to grant the player the free transfer he wants.
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