Arsenal are reportedly ready to resist interest from German side Bayern Munich in French defender Laurent Koscielny after it was made known that the defender is on a longer contract than earlier believed.
The German side is thought to be considering a move for the 30-year-old Arsenal defender having held a longstanding interest in Koscielny since scouting him during his contract negotiations in the summer of 2014.
Report suggest at that time that the defender to extend his contract by three-years taking him up until next summer, and report from German newspaper Bild stated this morning that Bayern Munich incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti were ready to capitalize on the situation by tabling a bid.
According to Standard Sport, Koscielny is under contract with Arsenal until the summer of 2019 and it has been indicated that he could stay beyond that date if his form continues.
The German club will be short of defensive cover if Medhi Benatia leaves the club. Report states Benatia has become frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities.
Bayern Munich signing of Mats Hummels from German rivals Borussia Dortmund has dealt further blow to Benatia’s ambition and Koscielny is seen as a possible replacement should he decide to leave eventually.
Arsenal defender Koscielny would also find it difficult to displace new signing Hummels and Jerome Boateng at the heart of Bayern munich defence and would most likely prefer to remain at the Emirate, especially given he is a regular starter at the North London club.