Report: Arsenal £90,000-a-week contract talks break down, Bayern Munich on high alert
By Will Butcher
Bayern Munich are on red alert after contract talks between Arsenal and Laurent Koscielny stalled, according to a report.
As Football Insider reported on 1 July, Bayern have been closely monitoring the France international for some time and are looking to sign the centre-back in a cut-price £16.8million deal.
The Daily Express claim that Koscielny has been offered a new £90,000-a-week deal to stay in North London, but it appears that both parties have reached a stumbling block.
Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen on bringing in defensive cover for Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, with Medhi Benatia allowed to join Juventus on-loan.
Koscielny only has 12 months remaining on his current deal at The Emirates, and the recent breakdown in talks has alerted the German Champions.
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Bayern are long-term admirers of the former Lorient defender, who has developed into one of the most accomplished defenders in the Premier League.
The France international has been a key figure for club and country in recent years, and has started all four of his country’s matches at Euro 2016.
The Gunners’ number six, who has been capped 36 times by France, is unlikely to want to join Bayern though if he is to only play as cover to Boateng and Hummels.
The 30-year-old made 33 Premier League appearance for the North Londeners last season, scoring four goals.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger has lost out to Chelsea in the pursuit of this in-demand midfielder.