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Pep Guardiola has been planning out his transfer strategy even before getting the job and the Spaniard is understood to want Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny at the Bavarian club next season. The Frenchman has been a mainstay of Arsene Wenger’s team this season and the Gunners boss would expect at least £20 million for the defender, but that is unlikely to put off Guardiola who will have a massive transfer kitty at his disposal.
Koscielny has been with Arsenal since 2010 although Wenger has adopted a periodic rotation policy between him, Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker this season. Bayern could use that to their advantage as they seek to find a new player to account for the summer exit of Daniel van Buyten on a free transfer.
Wenger is unlikely to accede to the sale of a vital first team defender, with the squad often falling thin in the defensive department this season. However, the Daily Express reveals that Guardiola is very likely to sanction a big money move for the French international to test Wenger’s resolve.
Arsenal are still in the running for a top four place but failure to secure a Champions League berth next season could compel Koscielny to make the move to the German champions, a factor that would force Wenger to push even harder to claim a top four finish.
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