Arsenal To Demand €10m For Laurent Koscielny

Sources: Koscielny on strike due to contract row

Sources: Koscielny on strike due to contract row

Laurent Koscielny refused to go on Arsenal's preseason tour because of doubts about the club's desire to keep him, sources have told ESPN FC.

Arsenal captain Koscielny, 33, has one year left on his contract and wanted to commit to two more seasons but received no offer from the Gunners despite being open to an option based on appearances and bonuses.

Arsenal officials turned down that request and that prompted the decision to turn his back on the United States tour.

Arsenal have joined Europe's biggest clubs in chasing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, the man tipped to be the future face of Russian football, but should the Gunners really be prioritising attacking signings?

The Gunners finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a Champions League place for the third successive season.

Arsenal haven't won the Premier League title since 2003-04, when the north London side finished the season unbeaten.

He was linked with a move to German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund last month but the defender favours a return to France.

Contrary to reports, the former France global does not have any firm offers to return to his home country, although ESPN FC understands Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes are among the interested parties.

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