Laurent Koscielny transfer options after refusing pre-season tour

Laurent Koscielny transfer options after refusing pre-season tour

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refuses to join team on pre-season tour

Coming as one of the many shocks of the summer transfer window, Laurent Koscielny refused to join the Arsenal squad during their pre-season tour of the United States, leading to immediate condemnation from the club’s officials. He’s been the club’s primary captain for some time and has spent most of his nine years at the club as one of the best defenders in the league, but his recent actions could spell the end to his time in North London.

How Unai Emery chooses to form his Arsenal team is still up for debate as the Spaniard steps into his second season at the club. Laurent Koscielny is one of the more senior squad members, and it already felt as if this summer would be where he finally steps down and moves elsewhere. It’s just a shame that he chose to approach an exit in this manner after being such a popular figure for Arsenal fans over the past nine years.

Various football transfer rumours this summer have indicated that he could be on the way out of Arsenal, with Borussia Dortmund being a reoccurring possibility after the clubs combined in moves for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis, but as things currently stand, he looks far more likely to return to France as he reaches his thirty-fourth birthday.

French clubs lead the race for Laurent Koscielny

As soon as Sky Bet released the market on Laurent Koscielny’s next club, it was French teams who unsurprisingly ranked above all others. Bordeaux dropped below EVENS within hours of the news breaking, before drifting to 2/1, leaving Rennes to become favourites at 5/4. Odds on Lyon also continue to fluctuate, mostly remaining around the 8/1 mark, and it could be slashed in future days depending on the extent of the club’s summer clear-out.

Football fans with an interest in Laurent Koscielny’s career prior to Arsenal are considering whether he would return to his former club. Both Guingamp and Tours aren’t given a price, but he shot to fame at Lorient before being signed by Arsenal, and Sky Bet currently offer odds of 16/1 for him to return to Lorient. More promising French options include Lille at 12/1, and Monaco or PSG, which are both priced at 20/1.

Laurent Koscielny Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny has been at Arsenal since 2010, joining from Lorient in Ligue 1, where he’s expected to return this summer.

Laurent Koscielny Next Club Odds

(All odds taken from Sky Bet)

Rennes – 5/4

Bordeaux – 2/1

Lyon – 8/1

Borussia Dortmund – 12/1

Lille – 12/1

Lorient – 16/1

Monaco – 20/1

PSG – 20/1

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