EXCLUSIVE | By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Bayern Munich are weighing up a summer move for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, Football Insider sources understand.
The German giants are tracking the Frenchman as they assess plans to strength their squad following a disappointing end to the season.
Despite sealing the league title last month, Bayern crashed to a third consecutive Bundesliga defeat last weekend, just days after Barcelona knocked them out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage.
Bayern are targeting a proven centre-back this summer who will be comfortable with Pep Guardiola’s fluid playing style. The manager is a long-term admirer of Koscielny, who has developed into one of the most accomplished defenders in the Premier League.
However, Arsenal will fight off interest in a player considered integral to Arsene Wenger’s future plans.
The Premier League club value Koscielny at the £20million mark and are confident of fending off interest in the 29-year-old, as he signed a new £100,000-a-week contract last summer that runs until 2018.
Koscielny joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2010 for around £9.7m and has established him as a lynchpin of the Arsenal team, forming an established centre-back partnership with Per Mertesacker.
The France international has been a key figure in Arsenal’s renaissance in the second half of the season, in which they have conceded just nine goals in 16 league matches.