Arsenal set price for clubs to sign Laurent Koscielny after tour refusal

Laurent Koscielny is determined to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have slapped an £8.8million price tag on Laurent Koscielny following the defender’s refusal to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

The Frenchman stunned club officials by arriving at the club’s training ground on the day of their flight to the States and telling Unai Emery that he would not form part of the squad.

Koscielny, 33, is club captain but wants to return to France and reports claim the defender is angry at a supposed broken promise from the club that would have allowed him to depart this summer for free.

The defender earns around £90,000-a-week at the Emirates and Arsenal see no reason why they should pass on a transfer fee by releasing Koscielny for free.

Koscielny wants to be released from his contract (Picture: Getty)

The Evening Standard claims Arsenal want €10m (£8.8m) to let Koscielny leave this summer and will not grant him his request of leaving on a free transfer.

That fee is likely to deter the likes of Lyon and Bordeaux, who could not afford Koscielny’s wages on top of an inflated fee for a 33-year-old.

Koscielny, should his desperation continue, may explore the possibility of buying out the remaining 12 months of his contract.

His £90,000-a-week wages amount to around £4.8m-a-year, though it would be an extreme measure after spending nine years in north London.

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