Emirates boss clinches signing of long term target.
ARSENE WENGER has landed French centre-back Laurent Koscielny as an £8.5million replacement for William Gallas.
The Arsenal chief agreed the fee with French club Lorient after weeks of haggling and having two other bids knocked back.
Koscielny, 24, will sign a four-year deal worth £25,000 a week and fill the gap left by Gallas, who quit the Emirates after failing to agree a new contract.
A Lorient insider said: “The clubs have a deal in principle and an announcement should be made in the next few days.” (The Sun)
So this deal appears to be finally completed. A player who has been set to sign for Arsenal for the best part of a month has agreed a deal to join the north London club. Clearly not a household name, Laurent Koscielny is a player who had a good season in Ligue 1 last season but hasn’t got that much in the way of top tier experience.
Wenger has stated that he would sign defensive reinforcements in this transfer window but one would have imagined him looking for more established names but clearly the Emirates boss is renowned for taking unknowns and making them top notch performers so who is to argue that he would do much the same with this 24 year old French born centre back of Polish descent.