Guardiola eyeing up summer bid for Arsenal ace

4. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)Bayern Munich’s manager-in-waiting Pep Guardiola is reportedly eyeing a summer transfer swoop for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Barcelona chief is due to take over from Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, and a move for the Gunners centre-back could be one of his first tasks with the Bundesliga giants.

Bayern are in the market for defensive reinforcements with veteran Belgian stopper Daniel van Buyten tipped for a switch away from the club once his existing deal expires in the coming months.

Guardiola is known to be a big admirer of Koscielny having previously tried to lure him to the Nou Camp during his final season in charge at Barcelona.

The 27-year-old has gone from strength to strength since his arrival in London three years ago and has kept club captain Thomas Vermaelen out of the team for much of 2013.

Bayern would face a battle though to land him as he still has four years to run on his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger needs to keep his better players in the face of increasing pressure from the Gunners supporters.

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