Laurent Koscielny has been linked with Paris Saint Germain, AS Monaco and Bayern Munich. Here's why he should leave…
At Arsenal he is in danger of stagnating much like the club is. Arsene Wenger has taken the Gunners as far as he can and Laurent Koscielny - a consensus top ten central defender in world football - is a level above a club who can only challenge for a top four spot, rather than for a domestic title. At any of the clubs interested in him - PSG, AS Monaco and, especially Bayern Munich - he would be representing a side who have a strong chance of collecting silverware in each and every season.
Four years ago, Koscielny was quoted to have said: “I feel good at Arsenal and if the club can compete with the best, I have no reason to leave. But if it fights every year for Champions League qualification it’s hard psychologically to be under such constant pressure."
At one of the aforementioned three clubs, that pressure would be eliminated…
2): Money, money money…
Koscielny's weekly wage at Arsenal is a reported £50,000, which is below what defensive partner Per Mertesacker receives (£90,000). Even if he were to receive financial parity with the club's 'big, f***ing German', he would still be worse off than if he were to join PSG, Monaco or Bayern.
At the Parc des Princes, PSG are bankrolled by the Qatar Investment Authority, which has seen their transfer spending and wage budget rise considerably. Centre back Thiago Silva pockets £190,000 per week, for instance.
Bayern Munich's players are also handsomely remunerated with Philipp Lahm earning £165,000 every week while David Alaba takes home £111,111 per week.
If he were to return to his native France, Koscielny could become an integral part in PSG's push to become kings of Europe - an extraordinary feat from a league often regarded to be an inferior division to the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga. The Parisians are already ten points clear from second placed AS Monaco in Ligue 1, having accumulated 79 points from 33 games, registering only two defeats.
They were also a matter of minutes away from progressing into the Champions League semifinal this season.
It is surely only a matter of time before they are in the final four reckoning.
At Bayern Munich, though, he would be transferring to a team who are firmly challenging Barcelona from 2009-2011 as the finest, most aesthetically-pleasing and technically outstanding team of modern football.
Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola he would continue to thrive as Bayern have conceded just 20 times from 30 Bundesliga matches. Arsenal's defensive strength can be attributed to the football IQ or Laurent and he would adapt seamlessly into the Bavarian set-up.
Koscielny is under contract until 2017 and has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £16m.