Arsenal alerted as Ki plans Celtic departure, according to Mjallby

Johan Mjallby has revealed that Ki Sung-yueng wants to leave Celtic this summer with Arsenal reportedly set to make a play for his signature.

The South Korean has not returned to the Scottish giants after representing his country country at the Olympic games earlier this month and looks certain to leave Parkhead before the transfer window closes.

Arsene Wenger is in the market for a defensive midfielder after allowing Alex Song to join Barcelona for around £15 million and will reportedly use the cash to bid for Ki.

The Gunners chief will have to fend off interest from Swansea City though with new boss Brian Laudrup eyeing up the 23-year-old to replace Joe Allen following his switch to Liverpool.

And assistant manager Mjallby confirmed Ki’s desire to leave Celtic before flying out to Sweden for the first leg of their Champions League play-off clash with Helsingborg : “Ki is not travelling.

“He is keen to move on and the club is in discussion with another club so we have to wait and see what happens. I can’t say who the club is.

“There have been a few clubs interested in him but I know for sure there has been one bid for him and I think maybe one or two other bids.

“He is a quality player but on the other hand he is keen to move on so the club needs to do something.

“He was away at the Olympics for a period of time but we will be sorry to see him go.”

It’s thought the Swans have already tabled a £6m offer for Ki whilst Queens Park Rangers are also circling but both could be beaten to the punch by Arsenal.

Wenger is waiting until Song’s departure is ratified before making his move and the lure of Champions League football will certainly give them an advantage over their Premier League rivals.

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