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Arsenal star in talks over summer switch to Marseille

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is reportedly in talks with Marseille ahead of a potential return to Ligue 1.

The French club have been taken over by an American businessman and are aiming to replicate their south coast rivals Monaco by making a push for the title.

They have already signed Dimitri Payet from West Ham back in January and are now looking to add the Arsenal centre-back to their ranks.

According to Canal+, Marseille are in ‘active discussions’ with Arsenal over the 31-year-old with an ambition of taking him back to his home country.

Koscielny moved to Arsenal back in 2010 from French club Lorient, and has since gone on to become one of the most important members of the defence over the last few years.

Speaking recently, Koscielny suggested he would be interested in a return to France, but isn’t actively seeking a move:

“I have read between the lines, people have often talked to me about it. There’s nothing concrete.

“I have told my representatives to not talk to me about it, because I’m focused on the end of the season with Arsenal. That’s the minimum of respect I could have for the club.

“It could be something I’d like to do to come back to France, but there are a lot of questions, because it’s not easy to go back after seven years at a club like Arsenal.
“It’ll be choices but outside of football, choices of life, that will be important for the next stage of my career.”

Koscielny currently has three years left on his current deal at the club.

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