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Bayern Munich make approach for £20m Arsenal star

Arsenal don't want to sell Koscielny. (©GettyImages)
Arsenal don't want to sell Koscielny. (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich have reportedly made an approach for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in the hope of claiming the signature of the France international during the summer transfer window.

According to Goal.com, Pep Guardiola has sanctioned a move for Koscielny ahead his switch to the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, and the Bundesliga champions have made an enquiry to gauge the potential availability of the centre-back.

Koscielny's reputation as an assured ball-playing central defender fits with the ethos instilled by Guardiola at Barcelona, and the 27-year-old would appear to have been identified as the ideal player to continue the philosophies of the new Bayern boss.

Arsenal, however, have informed Bayern that Koscielny - who is reportedly valued by the club at £20 million - is not for sale, and that the Frenchman remains an important figure in Arsene Wenger's first-team moving forward.

Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient for a fee of £9.7 million in the summer transfer window of 2010, arriving at the Emirates Stadium as a relative known, but has established himself as one of the most accomplished players in his position in the Premier League.

The Tulle-born defender has made 116 appearances in three seasons as an Arsenal player, during which time he has scored nine goals and contributed five assists.

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