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Arsenal Set Price Tag as Dortmund Eye Veteran Defender Laurent Koscielny

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Borussia Dortmund are ready to step up their interest in Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, as the Gunners set a price tag of £10.6m for their club captain.

Koscielny signed to Arsenal from Lorient in 2010 for a fee of around £8m, making 255 Premier League appearances to date.

Talks over a new contract for the 33-year-old have stalled and, with only 12 months remaining on his current contract, Koscielny is seeking a fresh challenge, according to as a report from The Mirror.

Dortmund offer the excitement of a new league and Champions League football for Koscielny, who has struggled for fitness and form in his last two seasons at Arsenal.

A two-time FA Cup winner, Koscielny was made club captain in 2018 following the retirement of Per Mertesacker, while he has also been capped 51 times by the French national team.

At ages 20, 23 and 23 respectively, the trio are talented but lack the experience of a player like Koscielny, with the Frenchman able to provide leadership not only to the backline but to the dressing room also.

The Mirror's report adds that Arsenal are looking at Saint-Etienne's 18-year-old defender William Saliba as a potential replacement.
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