Arsenal face race to convince Laurent Koscielny to sign a new contract as PSG, Monaco and Bayern consider moves for the Frenchman.
Matt Law of Telegraph reports that Koscielny has been Arsenal’s most consistent player this season and has developed into one of the best central defenders in the Premier League. His form has alerted PSG, Monaco and Bayern Munich, with all clubs aware Koscielny is on relatively modest wages of around £50,000 a week at the Emirates Stadium. That is less than defensive partner Per Mertesacker, who signed a £90,000-a-week deal last month, and Thomas Vermaelen, who earns £70,000 a week.
Arsenal, however, are reportedly hoping to get Koscielny, whose current deal expires in 2017, to sign a bigger deal in the summer, matching Mertesacker.
Koscielny spoke last year of his desire to win trophies with Arsenal, meaning that failure to win in the FA Cup final or qualify for the Champions League could see the defender question his position.
“I want to lift trophies and to have a winning record. I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere. I want to win titles and I hope the club have the means.
“I feel good at Arsenal and if the club can compete with the best, I have no reason to leave. But if it fights every year for Champions League qualification it’s hard psychologically to be under such constant pressure.”
The Gunners face Hull City in the FA Cup final on 17 May as they hope to win their first piece of silverware since winning the cup in 2005.
PSG, Monaco and Bayern are all carefully watching the situation, and are prepared to offer Koscielny bigger deals than Arsenal. Sources in France also claim that Manchester United are interested in the 28-year-old.
PSG and Monaco are both in the market for a central defender this summer. PSG are also interested in Chelsea’s David Luiz.
Pep Guardiola, the Bayern manager, has been a fan of Koscielny since he was in charge at Barcelona.
Failure to win the FA Cup or qualify for the Champions League may make Koscielny seriously consider his future, while, like everybody at the Emirates Stadium, he is keen to see whether Arsène Wenger, the manager, signs a new contract.
During his first season in England, Koscielny attracted a lot of criticism for a series of uncertain performances and errors. But he has improved immeasurably over the last three years and has developed a good understanding with Mertesacker.
Arsenal are also in contract negotiations with Koscielny’s team-mate Bacary Sagna and have not given up on convincing him to stay at the club.
With the likes of Bayern and PSG interested in the Frenchman, Arsenal management must be worried about tying down the Frenchman with new long term contract. However, any failure to win any trophy again this would certainly make the way out for Koscielny.