Date: 11th July 2019 at 11:13pm
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Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is reportedly considering buying out his contract if the club continue to refuse his transfer request.

Koscielny has been linked with a return to France with interest coming from Bordeaux and Lyon.

The defender who is desperate to return to his homeland has stunned the Gunners by refusing to travel to the US for the club’s pre-season tour.

The Frenchman earns £900,000-a-year and could follow Neymar’s lead to pay off the final 12 months of his deal.

The Brazilian bought himself out of his Barcelona contract to join PSG in 2017.

It’s now uncertain whether Arsenal will accept Koscielny’s transfer request, but Unai Emery is keen to keep hold of the club’s current longest serving player.

Emery is looking for buyers for Shkodran Mustafi, who will be replaced. But the Spaniard is not keen on needing to bring in two central-defenders which would be required if Koscielny is allowed to move on.

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