Bayer Leverkusen are leading the charge for Laurent Koscielny who looks set to leave Arsenal this summer but Ivan Gazidis has got AC Milan interested in the player as well.

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny acknowledges the public at the end of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match Napoli vs Arsenal on April 18, 2019 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny acknowledges the public at the end of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match Napoli vs Arsenal on April 18, 2019 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Europa League final could be Laurent Koscielny’s last game with Arsenal, as he is seriously considering a departure from the club this summer, according to reports in France.

L’Equipe (via GFFN) reported that Arsenal are stalling on offering Koscielny a contract extension ahead of the transfer window, despite holding initial talks with the 33-year-old. Koscielny still has a deal lasting until 2020, but if the Gunners aren’t going to extend it then the French international will seek a new challenge.

Rennes have also made contact, along with AC Milan, but L’Equipe, who have no doubt been briefed by Koscielny’s agent, state that the Germans, Bayer Leverkusen, are the favourites at present by virtue of the fact that they have shown the most interest.

Why won’t Arsenal give Koscielny a new contract?

France's defender Samuel Umtiti gives a press conference at the Aguilera stadium in Biarritz on May 21, 2016, during the team preparation for the Euro 2016 European football. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
France’s defender Samuel Umtiti gives a press conference at the Aguilera stadium in Biarritz on May 21, 2016, during the team preparation for the Euro 2016 European football. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

The suggestion is that Arsenal might be holding back on offering Koscielny an extension because they’re considering a costly move for Samuel Umtiti.

The Barcelona centre-back is struggling to make it into the starting eleven with his current club, who want around €60m for him.

Raul Sanllehi is the driving force behind Arsenal’s interest, but a deal looks likely to depend on whether the club can win the Europa League final and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Koscielny has been a key player for Arsenal ever since his return from injury in December, making 30 appearances in 2018/19.

If the Gunners could replace him well, however, moving on a player who turns 34 in September might not be the worst idea.

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