Gallas on the verge of Juve move

William Gallas is close to leaving Arsenal after his representative met with Juventus officials in Turin on Tuesday, Tuttosport has revealed.

The 33-year-old’s contract expires at the Emirates Stadium this month and refused to sign the Gunners’ offer of a one-year contract extension.

Gallas’ agent Etienne Mendy met with Juventus officials on Tuesday to discuss a three-year deal worth 2.5m Euros per year (around £40,000 per week). Those figures are a lot less than the reported £80,000 per week Gallas demanded to stay at Arsenal.

French international Gallas is expected to miss Les Bleus’ vital World Cup match with Mexico tomorrow, due to a calf problem.

Meanwhile, centre half Laurent Koscielny has asked Lorient to accept an £8.3 million offer to let him join the north London club. Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old centre-back, and he’s expected to be a like-for-like replacement for Gallas.


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