Arsenal transfer news: Gunners reportedly targeting ‘£53million’ Samuel Umtiti with Laurent Koscielny headed for exit

Arsenal want to sign Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny, according to reports.

The 33-year-old Gunners club captain will be allowed to leave the club this summer after ten years in London, with a fellow Frenchman lined up to take his place.

Umtiti - Arsenal transfer news: Gunners reportedly targeting ‘£53million’ Samuel Umtiti with Laurent Koscielny headed for exit
Samuel Umtiti has had trouble regaining his first XI spot
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It’s claimed by L’Equipe that Arsenal are targeting Barcelona’s Umtiti, who has been made available by the LaLiga champions.

The 25-year-old is said to be valued at £53million in Spain, with Unai Emery and football director Raul Sanllehi (formerly of Barca) interested in the idea.

Umtiti left Lyon for the Camp Nou in a £21million move back in 2016, and has since established himself as a key player at the club.

He signed a new five-year deal in June 2018, but suffered a knee injury which hampered his season.

Koscielny - Arsenal transfer news: Gunners reportedly targeting ‘£53million’ Samuel Umtiti with Laurent Koscielny headed for exit
Laurent Koscielny has spent the majority of his career at Arsenal
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As a result, a centre-back duo of Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet has become Ernesto Valverde’s first choice, with Umtiti struggling to break back in after returning from his absence.

Koscielny meanwhile has been linked with potential transfers to Milan, Monaco and Rennes with all three clubs reported to have shown interest.

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