Serie A giants AC Milan & Napoli are monitoring Bacary Sagna’s contract situation at Arsenal with the French defender free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January ahead of a summer free transfer.
The right-back has been ever-present in the Arsenal team this season, recovering some of his best form but is yet to sign a contract extension that expires in the summer.
The former Auxerre full-back wants at least a two-year deal but Arsene Wenger has so far only offered him a one-year deal which has been rejected. A new offer was believed to be negotiated but that is yet to be shown and with the winter market only six weeks ago, Wenger needs to offer it quick or risk losing him altogether.
PSG & Juventus are also believed to be interested in Sagna who has made his name at Arsenal since his move in 2006. He is currently the first choice right-back for France and has shown great versatility to play strongly in the centre of defence when needed.
Last season saw a huge dip in form for Sagna but after two leg-breaks, he needed time to get back to his best form. Something which he has undoubtedly managed to do, helping the Gunners lead the Premier League by five points.
The Gunners have been looking at possible replacements should Sagna leave the club with Micah Richards and Sime Vrsaljko the favourites, but Arsenal’s preference would be to retain Sagna.
Wenger has always been skeptical at offering players 30 years or older contracts over 12 months but Tomas Rosicky, 33, has shown he still has the athleticism to compete for Arsenal and arguably Sagna is a more important figure and needs to be tied down no matter what.