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Laurent Koscielny joined Arsenal in 2010 and has made more than 300 appearances for the north London clubArsenal have agreed a deal to sell defender Laurent Koscielny to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for a fee of up to 5m euros (£4.6m).The 3...

Laurent Koscielny: Arsenal defender set to join Bordeaux

Laurent Koscielny joined Arsenal in 2010 and has made more than 300 appearances for the north London club

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sell defender Laurent Koscielny to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for a fee of up to 5m euros (£4.6m).

The 33-year-old centre-back is having a medical on Tuesday before completing a return to France after nine years with the Premier League club.

Frenchman Koscielny had a year left on his contract at Emirates Stadium and the Gunners wanted him to stay.

But he asked for a free transfer and refused to travel on a pre-season tour.

Former France international Koscielny rejected a new contract that he felt undervalued his contribution and continued ability.

Arsenal began disciplinary proceedings and instructed the captain to train with the under-23s, but offered him a way back into the first-team squad for the new season.

However, Koscielny had no intention of reversing his decision and was determined to secure a move to his home country.

As well as the medical, personal terms with Bordeaux still need to be finalised.

Talks also took place with Bordeaux's Ligue 1 rivals Rennes.

Arsenal hope to sign a new centre-back before the Premier League's transfer deadline at 17:00 BST on Thursday, while they retain an interest in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney despite the 22-year-old Scotland international being injured.

The Gunners are also in advanced talks over the sale of English right-back Carl Jenkinson, 27, to Championship side Nottingham Forest.

The club also expect 20-year-old strikerEddie Nketiahto leave the club on a season-long loan, with Bristol City among a number of sides - including overseas teams - in talks to sign the England Under-21 international.

However, Arsenal have received no firm offers for defender Shkodran Mustafiand attempts to move the 27-year-old German on are further complicated by his desire to stay.

But foreign clubs have longer to negotiate a deal, depending on when their transfer windows close.


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