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Real Madrid are eyeing up a move for Arsenal defender Lorient Koscielny, according to reports.
The Spanish club are preparing for the exit of Raphael Varane and have identified Koscielny as a possible replacement.
Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in Varane but Zidane is reluctant to let the French centre-back leave the Bernabeu. It is believed the centre back could force a move away from Madrid and Zidane sees Koscielny as the perfect player to replace the defender, according to Foot Mercato via Goal.
Zidane believes Koscielny has the quality to challenge Pepe and Segio Ramos for a place in his starting xi.
However, Real Madrid will find it difficult to sign the defender as Wenger is not prepared to sell any of his first team stars this summer. The Gunners boss has previously stated that the era when the club sells it’s best player is over and he is looking to build on last season and not dismantle the squad.
Arsenal on their own are being linked with a new centre back to partner Laurent Koscielny and have been linked with a number of young centre backs within and outside England.
The Gunners finished second last season and Koscielny was an integral part of the Gunners team.