Arsenal are reportedly set to demand £8.8m for wantaway central defender Laurent Koscielny this summer.

According to a report in the Evening Standard, Arsenal have told interested clubs that they will have to stump up £8.8m if they want to sign Koscielny ahead of next season. 

The report claims that Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon are all keen on a deal for the defender, although it remains to be seen whether any of them are willing to match Arsenal’s price tag.

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Are Arsenal asking for too much? 

Koscielny has made it clear that he wants to leave the club, after he refused to travel with Arsenal to America for their pre-season tour. He is trying to force through a transfer away from The Emirates, which could create further issues inside the dressing room if Arsenal refuse to let him leave.

He also only has one year left on his current contract, which is always going to reduce a player’s price, as they could leave on a free transfer in a year’s time. 

The 33-year-old is reaching the end of his career and was caught out far too many times at the back for Arsenal last season, with the club needing to strengthen their options at centre-back in the next few weeks.

With all of this in mind, it seems as though Arsenal are being unrealistic with their £8.8m valuation of Koscielny and will have to compromise on a potential deal if they want to get rid of him.

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