Could Arsenal lose another star - to Real Madrid ?

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny has been linked with a summer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season, of course, and clubs in this position would normally starting to prepare a summer shopping list to capitalize on the situation.

At Arsenal, however, the end of a long (and fairly successful) season is usually the time for speculation about which (or how many) of their best players will be leaving the club for bigger challenges.

Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Alex Song and Samir Nasri are some of the players who have left Arsenal over the last few years, and this summer may well end up being the turn of the impressive club centre-back, Laurent Koscielny.

The 28-year-old French international has developed into almost the complete player since his reported €9m move to Arsenal in 2010, with this season being arguably the best of his career.

Alongside Per Mertesacker, Koscielny has been a rock in defence, instrumental in an impressive run which saw Arsenal concede just one goal at the Emirates in ten matches – from early November to mid-February.

Reports in France and Spain, however, suggest that Koscielny's form hasn’t gone unnoticed in Real Madrid, who are said to be interested in taking him to the Spanish capital.

According to Spanish football website Fichajes.net, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is on the lookout for a long-term defensive partner for Sergio Ramo to provide further strength in the weakest area of the club’s powerful squad - and according to local sources - Koscielny is one of the players on his radar.

Monaco are also thought to have taken a look at the Arsenal player, although the prospect of playing for the Spanish giants would probably be more appealing.

Koscielny does have a contract with Arsenal until 2017, but manager Arsene Wenger knows from past experience that a lack of trophies and progress in Europe makes the club vulnerable when the big clubs come calling for his star players.

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