Arsenal have been linked with Serge Aurier of Toulouse and Calum Chambers of Southampton as Sagna’s contract edges towards its end and opens the door for his exit.
Sagna’s contract is expiring, it has been made obvious to us on many occasions. The consequences of it have also been drawn out at large along with the interest from Inter, PSG, Galatasaray and how he deserves a big contract for all his contributions and why he doesn’t deserve one after two major injuries in recent times and on and on and on it goes. The simple fact of the moment is he’ll stay if he wants or he won’t if he wants as well. We as Arsenal fans hope he stays but it most probably will be the latter and if it is, it calls for some preparation to prevent the team from suffering in the aftermath.
Arsenal seem to have started laying the ground work early in the eventuality that Sagna leaves. There has been a lot of interest shown in talented fullbacks from across the world and today the names that are being brought up repeatedly are: Serge Aurier and Calum Chambers.
The Mirror is reporting that Arsenal have lined up Aurier as a perfect replacement for Sagna. The Ivory Coast international has been an ever present fixture in the Toulouse first team and at just 21 years old, offers scope for a lot of future development. He has scored 5 times already this season, offering a glimpse of what he can offer offensively and the verdict is, a lot. The Mirror quote a price of £6 million, a price which would be ideal for Arsenal.
The London Evening Standard on the other hand has gone with the story that Arsenal will pursue 19 year old Calum Chambers if Sagna leaves. Chambers has proved to be a hugely exciting prospect for both Southampton and England and shown glimpses of an all-round talent that is sure to alight more interest in the future. He is what Sagna would have been at 19 and although a bit raw, he could definitely make the step up to Arsenal. The paper goes on to say that he will cost £5 million.
Both fullbacks are young and carry the promise of a bright future. Both are also cheap and could easily be obtained for a lows sum and would command wages less than Sagna. Although signing Sagna on to a new contract is more imperative than saving money, if he chooses not to, there couldn’t be any better young rightbacks on the market than these two.