Arsenal Continue Pursuit Of Lorient’s Laurent Koscielny – Report

The Gunners are to raise the stakes once again...
Having supposedly had two bids for Lorient centre-back Laurent Koscielny rejected by the Breton club, Arsenal are readying a third approach, according to Le Parisien.

Arsene Wenger’s side began their assault on the former Tours centre-back towards the end of May, but have had their initial bids snubbed. The latest rejection came last week, when reports of a €10 million bid were met with a thumbs down from the Ligue 1 outfit, yet the Gunners continue to pursue the centre-back.

Sources in France suggest that the Emirates side are ready to throw young midfielder Francis Coquelin into the equation, though Lorient are now said to be holding out for an approach worth €15m for the player they signed for just 10 per cent of that fee a year ago. Previously it was reported that €8m would have been enough to prise the defender away from the Stade du Moustoir.

Loic Fery, president of Lorient, exclusively told Goal.com last week that no player in les Merlus’ ranks is untransferable, though he did note that the club would only sell reluctantly and if it was in their best interests.

Koscielny, meanwhile, is said to have agreed personal terms with the Premier League outfit and is now simply waiting on the clubs coming to an agreement.

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