What's behind Sagna's 'contract U-Turn' at Arsenal?


Bacary Sagna has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer due to his reluctance to sign a new contract with Arsenal.

The French right-back has been in North London for 6 years since his arrival from Auxerre back in 2007. His current contract expires next summer and Arsenal will be reluctant to lose the player on a free transfer this time next year.

Subsequently, Sagna has been linked with a potential return to his homeland where Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in securing his services from the Gunners.

He’s hasn’t won a trophy since he arrived at Arsenal and he’s outlined his concerns over the club’s transfer policy in recent months, effectively airing his grievances in public following the club’s sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United last summer.

However, it seems now he is willing to negotiate with the club. He told French new outlet L’Equipe:

“Yes, there are talks [to extend] but they have not prolonged too far. I am in talks. I am not at a bad club.”

However, he did also imply that he would consider moving to the French capital if the right offer came in for him.

“It is possible. I would have to see in what conditions and what would be proposed on a sporting level. I would not leave for anything. I don’t reject anything,” he said of PSG.

Is this really a U-turn at all? He’s basically still sitting on the fence by the sounds of it. Previously he revealed his doubts over the club’s ambition and now this seems more like a ‘come and get me’ nudge in PGS’s direction.

It has been a staple of Arsenal’s summer business that they tend to lose one of their best players due to an imminently expiring contract. This summer, whilst it’s not going to be the same scale as the loss of Van Persie, it looks likely the same story could unfold again.

I suspect if the right offer comes in for Sagna they’ll let him go – he’s 30 now and he’s obviously not as committed as he has been previously. If his heart’s not in it, Arsenal should offload him to the highest bidder who may well just turn out to be Paris Saint-Germain.

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