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Barca and Bayern lead chase for Koscielny

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June 17, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Laurent Koscienly is coveted by two of Europe's top clubs © PA Photos
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Laurent Koscielny is on both Barcelona and Bayern Munich's list of summer transfer targets, according to the Arsenal centre-back's agent.

Koscielny, 27, who had an impressive 2012/13 season and has earned a regular starting place with the French national team, has been linked with both European giants by press speculation recently, with a potential fee of £15 million being spoken of.

Stephane Courbis told Eurosport France, in comments picked up by Mundo Deportivo, that although he had not yet heard directly from the Catalan giants he was aware of interest from both Barca and Bayern.

"There has been no contact at all with Barcelona," Courbis said. "[But] I am sure that both Barca and Bayern have included his name on their list of three or four candidates to reinforce their defence."

The La Liga title holders are known to be considering strengthening defensively ahead of next season, given captain Carles Puyol's ongoing fitness issues, and an apparent lack of faith from the management in youngsters such as Andreu Fontas and Marc Bartra.

Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo provided its best guess at the list which has been compiled by blaugrana sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and coach Tito Vilanova, including Koscielny alongside Thiago Silva [Paris Saint-Germain], Daniel Agger [Liverpool], Inigo Martinez [Real Sociedad], Mats Hummels [Borussia Dortmund], Jerome Mathieu and Adil Rami [both Valencia].

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