According to French media outlet LeSport 10 and the Metro, Manchester United have been knocked-back in a bid to sign Arsenal and France centre-back Laurent Koscielny this summer.
The 30-year-old is current away on international duty with his country in preparation for Euro 2016 in his home land. The talk of a move would probably mystify him just as much as the rest of us.
Mourinho interested in defensive reinforcements
The Metro claims that United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his defensive options and is willing to sell Dutch defender Daley Blind, if a reasonable offer is made for the former-Ajax star. The Portuguese boss is likely to make wholesale changes to his squad this summer.
Koscielny is believed to be one of those players that Mourinho is looking at to strengthen his defensive options. The Portuguese will now need to turn his attention elsewhere. It would seem like a strange move for the former-Lorient star this summer.
Too valuable to the Gunners
Koscielny has been the cornerstone of the Gunners defence for the past few seasons and is regular as one of the most dependable centre-backs in the English top-flight.
The Gunners defence looks shaky with his calming presence, so understandably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not keen on selling the centre-back. Koscielny is also one of the favourites to be replace the departing Mikel Arteta as club captain.
It looks highly unlikely that Arsene Wenger will sell Laurent Koscielny, as the veteran French boss is already looking at strengthening his options in that position. The Gunners have been linked with moves for a number of central defenders this summer.
Arsenal needs all their key players
If Arsenal are going to be big players next season then they need to hang on to all their big players, that includes Koscielny. The likes of Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have all been linked with moves away from north London this summer.
All four of the mentioned players are vital to the success of the team in the near future. The story may not be true, but it illustrates the importance of Koscielny.
The Arsenal defence more often than not keeps clean sheets with the Frenchman in the centre of it. If Wenger even considers selling his compatriot then his sanity would have to be called into question.
Would Arsene Wenger even consider selling Laurent Koscielny?