Reported Arsenal transfer activity hints at lack of clarity over Sagna future?

Sagna

Long-serving Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna could be heading for the exit, as the Gunners ramp up their efforts to sign Sebastian Jung.

Sagna, who turns 31 in February, has been a mainstay of the Arsenal since he arrived from then-Ligue 1 side Auxerre in 2007, but with his contract expiring in the coming summer, the French international could be set to leave the club. A return to France could be on the cards, with big spending Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco both reportedly looking to bring Sagna home.

In a press conference last week, Wenger suggested that Sagna – along with defender Per Mertesacker and midfielder Tomas Rosicky – would be signing a new deal to stay in North London, which was seen as a huge boost for Gunners fans who have watched on during a quiet January transfer window.

Yet it would seem Wenger is still concerned that Sagna could leave the club for nothing in the summer, and has now targeted a late move for Eintracht Frankfurt's right back Sebastian Jung, with less than a week of the transfer window to go.

The Gunners have reportedly sent a delegation over to Germany to negotiate with Schalke over the transfer of starlet Julian Draxler, but could come back with a different German, with the 23-year-old Jung now the subject of interest from Wenger and Arsenal.

Frankfurt allegedly value Jung at around £7m, who has established himself as a dangerous right back in the Bundesliga, with his pace and attacking ability causing problems for opposing defences – which would make him a favourite with the Arsenal fans.

With a strong German contingent developing at the Emirates Stadium with Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski – as well as youngsters Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem – Jung could make a seamless transition, which would be vital in the absence of Sagna.

The next week could shape the futures of both Jung and Sagna, as if Arsenal clinch a deal for the young German, it could signify the end of Sagna's spell in North London, leaving Jung to become the right back of the future under Wenger.

Yet, if they fail to close a deal for Jung, the focus will once again switch to convincing Sagna to sign a new contract and extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium into his mid-30's.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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