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‘Infuriated’ Arsenal Ace ‘Tells Friends’ He’s Leaving This Summer
Bacary Sagna is set to leave Arsenal this summer after telling friends he won’t be signing a new contract at the Emirates, according to newspaper reports.
Sagna’s current deal runs out in June and despite holding several rounds of talks with his representatives, we’ve been unable to reach an agreement over an extension.
So far we’ve offered a two-year deal with a slight increase on his £60,000-a-week wage, but the 31-year-old is understood to be holding out for a three-year deal worth nearer £100,000-a-week.
Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday that we’ve made our final offer and are waiting for Sagna’s people to get back to us, but the Daily Mail claim the Frenchman has already made up his mind after supposedly telling friends he won’t be signing a new deal, and will therefore be leaving this summer.
The right-back is believed to be ‘infuriated’ that his loyalty hasn’t been sufficiently rewarded by the club as he’s turned down several lucrative moves away in recent years.
Despite now being the wrong side of 30, Sagna isn’t short of offers with the likes of Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Monaco, PSG and Fenerbache all ready to offer him big-money deals at the end of the season.
I’m not too sure how the Daily Mail have found out exactly what Sagna has told his close friends, so I’d take that with a pinch of salt, but the closer it gets to the summer the more it looks like he’s leaving.
If he does end up going Arsene is going to have a huge void to fill in defence. Southampton’s Calum Chambers and Everton’s Seamus Coleman have both been linked in recent months. Coleman would be the clear choice but will likely cost in excess of £20m, whereas Chambers would be cheaper but is far less experienced and would therefore be more of a risk.