According to our sources in Catalonia, Arsenal are eyeing a move to sign Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona in a potential £50m+ deal with Laurent Koscielny edging closer to leaving the club this summer.
Koscielny has just one year left on his contract, he’s hoping to play for another two or three years but Arsenal are yet to initiate talks to discuss an extension to his deal. It is looking extremely unlikely that he will stay with the Gunners.
The French international is still feeling the effects of a serious Achilles injury that he suffered back in 2018 and he’ll turn 34 in September so it’s easy to understand why Arsenal would be reluctant to offer him a new contract.
Koscielny may play his final game in Arsenal colours when the club take on Chelsea in the Europa League final next week. Bayer Leverkeusen, AC Milan, Monaco and Rennes are all keen to sign the defender.
Koscielny’s exit would leave a big void to fill in what’s already a very vulnerable Arsenal defence. However, our sources claim Unai Emery has lined-up Samuel Umtiti as a potential replacement.
The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place at the Nou Camp since moving from Lyon in 2016 and the report suggests the Catalans will sell if an offer of around £53m is put on the table this summer.
There is no doubt Arsenal need to overhaul our defence this summer after conceding 51 goals in the league alone in Emery’s first campaign.