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Barcelona to make bid for Arsenal star

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Barcelona are plotting a move for Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny and are willing to offer the English side €15 million this summer.

The La Liga champions are reportedly looking for a new centre-back because of fears over Carles Puyol's future as he may think about retirement in the next few seasons and they are planning on buying a replacement sooner rather than later.

The Catalans have recently been linked with Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva, but their attentions are now firmly focused on Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny after giving up their pursuit of Kompany and Silva.

It is thought that Barca are prepared to spend £9.5m on Koscielny and will make a formal offer at some-point in the summer and they believe a bid just under £10m will be enough to see Arsenal sell.

Barca have a history of signing players from Arsenal over the years, the most recent ones being Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas and it now looks like they want to add Laurent Koscielny to that list.

The likes of Alex Hleb and Thierry Henry have also made the move from North London to Spain in order to join Barcelona and there will be fears within Arsenal fans that Koscielny may look at the same option.

This interest from the Spanish side comes weeks after Koscielny threatened to quit the club if they didn't show intent in the transfer window.

The French defender said in an interview that if the side don't buy big-names in the next few seasons, he will think about leaving in order to fight and compete for trophies, as he admits it is draining to be fighting for a top-four place, something they have done for the last two seasons.

 

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