It wouldn’t be summer without the Catalan press hyping up the possibility of Barcelona signing an Arsenal player and this year is no exception.
This afternoon Sport.es reported that the Camp Nou side not only want Laurent Koscielny but have already contacted the Gunners board with a view to thrashing out a possible €15m transfer.
It’s not the first club the French international has been linked with this summer. The 27-year-old has also been tipped for a move to Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola apparently a long-term admirer.
As usual though, it looks like our friends in Catalonia have again jumped the gun. Within five hours of this afternoon’s report, Koscielny’s agent, Stephane Courbis, told French Eurosport that no club has made contact with his client.
Of course being a football agent Courbis couldn’t let slide the opportunity to boost his client’s credentials in the process.
“But I know that Laurent is part of a short-list of three or four players for both clubs,” he slyly added, presumably with a knowing grin on his face and pound signs lighting his eyeballs up like a slot machine.
Kos caused consternation a couple of weeks back when, despite stating he was happy at the Emirates, he dared to suggest Arsene Wenger’s current squad could do with reinforcements if they’re going to compete at the highest level.
The bottom line remains that he’s under contract until 2017 and Arsenal, seemingly flush with cash, have no need to sell him.
Arseblog News suspects this story will continue to pop up during the summer but maintains that there’s little chance of ‘Dave’ leaving.