Barcelona seeking to sign Arsenal captain and Chelsea star

Barcelona are considering making a move for an experienced centre-back in the January transfer window.

Ernesto Valverde is concerned about the strength of his defence should Samuel Umtiti require an operation.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, he is keen to bring in an experienced head should he need a replacement.

A shortlist of players has been drawn up and includes Chelsea’s David Luiz, Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and former Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic.

 Koscielny began his football career playing for a host of youth clubs before moving to Guingamp in 2003, where he quickly progressed through the youth ranks, making his professional debut the following season. After becoming frustrated at being played out of position as a right back, he joined Tours for an undisclosed fee, quickly establishing himself as the team’s star player in his desired position, ultimately aiding in the club’s promotion into Ligue 1, while also being named in the Ligue 2 Team of the Season.Koscielny continued his impressive performances following a €1.7 million transfer to fellow French outfit Lorient in 2009, receiving multiple plaudits for his performances, largely cultivating a reputation as a clever, agile, ball-playing defender.His achievements and footballing potential attracted Arsenal, ultimately moving to the Premier League side for a fee of £8.45 million the following season.

Following his arrival in England, Koscielny was regarded to be one of the best players in his position, as well as one of the best in the world.[4][5] He had established himself as a core component in the Arsenal first team, as well as contributing with a host of individual performances, including aiding in ending the club’s nine-year trophy drought, scoring a crucial equalizer en route to winning the FA Cup in 2014. He was also crucial in further club successes that followed, winning another FA Cup and the FA Community Shield twice

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