Bacary Sagna is generating interest across the continent ahead of a possible summer transfer. The defender’s contract expires next summer and he is yet to extend his deal, leading to several clubs asking for his services. The Gunners are hoping Sagna agrees to an extension soon.
He recently questioned the club’s ambitions with Arsene Wenger selling many of the clubs top players without replacing them sufficiently but had recently given the club his backing along with fellow unsettled defender Laurent Koscielny.
However talks have continued to stall between player and club leading to further interest. Paris Saint-Germain remain strong favourites to land the former Auxerre full-back while newly promoted Monaco are also a good option, with Sagna preferring a move back to his homeland should he leave the club.
Turkish rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have also expressed an interest in the 30 year old. Sagna’s priority is to make France’s World Cup 2014 squad having missed out on both EURO 2008 and EURO 2012 with injury. He was part of the World Cup 2010 squad but that was a dreadful tournament for Les Bleus as they crashed out at the group stage.
Wenger has already started getting rid of his unwanted players with Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Seb Squillaci all leaving on free transfers before Vito Mannone’s switch to Sunderland. Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin have also left on loan, however Sagna is not a player Wenger wants to get rid of.
PSG and Monaco are both able to offer a higher salary than Arsenal but the Gunners hope that money wont be the main factor behind Sagna’s future with the right-back still firmly first-choice in front of Carl Jenkinson and the chance to win his first piece of silverware at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s new found wealth could see the club inherit supreme talents such as Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini which could help the Gunners challenge better next season. Arsenal want Sagna to be a part of that.