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

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

L’Equipe (via GFFN) report 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.

As a result, it’s starting to seem as if the Europa League final could be the defender’s last game for the club. Rennes and AC Milan have both made contact over a move, and Bayer Leverkusen appear to be favourites right now.

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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