Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has been offered the chance to return to France by Bordeaux, according to reports in the English media.
The Ligue One club have tabled a three-year contract to the 33-year-old in a bid to lure him back to his homeland.
Koscielny only has one year left on his current deal at the Emirates and is looking to secure a move away from the club.
The French side have offered an initial two-year contract with an option for a third, but they have yet to make an official approach for the defender.
The news comes off the back of the surprise news that Koscielny has refused to tour the United States. Arsenal released a statement expressing their disappointment at the decision:
“We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”
The development is likely to anger Gunners fans, especially considering he is the club’s captain. It puts Arsenal in a difficult position with the team having limited options in the centre of defence.
Rob Holding is still recovering from a long-term knee injury while Shkodran Mustafi will reportedly leave if an acceptable bid is made.
Manager Unai Emery will likely want to line up a new centre-half before even entertaining the possibility of Koscielny leaving.