Manchester City to rival Ligue 1 giants for Premier League defender

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Manchester City are set to battle it out with ambitious French side Marseille to sign Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny this summer, per The Sun.

The French defender, 31, is still a key part of the squad at the Emirates Stadium, but the consistent failure to challenge for the Premier League title could see him depart the club.

With boss Arsene Wenger yet to announce his decision on a new contract, as his current one runs out in just a few months, there is an extra layer to the uncertainty surrounding a number of players, including Koscielny.

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Reporta in France suggest he is a prime target for Marseille, who have already lured Dimitri Payet back to the club from West Ham and been linked with Olivier Giroud.

But City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his defence and may look to bring in some Premier League experience.

City do have a track record of signing players from Arsenal, with the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Bacary Sagna making the switch from North London in the past.

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