Arsenal defender a £15m target for Bayern Munich

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German and European champions Bayern Munich are ready to spend up to £15 million in order to sign Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny as new manager Pep Guardiola continues to create his own team reports The Daily Mail.

It is reported that Munich are plotting a £15 million bid for Koscielny as they believe that will be enough for Arsenal to agree to sell their French defender.

The 2012/2013 season will be one to remember for Bayern Munich as they picked up an impressive treble after running away with the Bundesliga title and also picking up the German Cup and the Champions League trophy and Pep Guardiola is now preparing to continue the German domination of European football.

The ex-Barcelona manager has already signed Mario Gotze from fierce-rivals Borussia Dortmund and it is expected that team-mate Robert Lewandowski may join him as well.

Guardiola's attention is now firmly on improving the defence at Munich and he has been attracted to Koscielny after the 27-year-old put in a string of fine performances in the last 10 games of the season for Arsenal.

Many people are suggesting it was down to Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as to why the Gunners managed to finish in the top-four last season and they may now have to prepare for life without him, if they are to accept the offer from Munich.

Arsenal signed Koscielny from French outfit Lorient back in 2010 for a fee estimated around £9.7 million and since then he has gone on to make 88 appearances for the English club and has scored six goals.

Two of those goals have been to ensure Arsenal finish in a Champions League space as he scored the winner last season against West Bromwich Albion and he also scored the winner against Newcastle United this time around as well.

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