Any new deal for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna could cost Arsenal a minimum of £18 million according to the Daily Star.
The Frenchman is at the heart of ongoing talks between Arsenal and his representatives over a new contract which will keep him at the North London club beyond this season.
As the situation stands, Sagna has turned down three contract offers from the club with the main difference being personal terms with the player unsurprisingly wanting a longer and more lucrative deal than the Gunners are prepared to offer.
A ‘source’ close to the player told the Daily Star exactly what Sagna is looking for and the figures mentioned are alarming.
“It would have to be in the region of £6m a season on a three to four year contract, plus a signing-on fee of around £6m. He wants to finish his career at Arsenal as long as the board give him the right deal,” the source told the national daily paper.
It’s encouraging that he wants to stay if you’re an Arsenal fan because he’s been one of the best right-backs in the Premier League this season.
It also shows that the Gunners are heading in the right direction to have a player of his quality wanting to tie himself down to the club, becoming a key figure as younger players come into the squad.
The problem, if those comments are accurate, is that a three-year deal would therefore cost Arsenal a minimum of £18 million, which could be far higher than the club are prepared to offer to keep Sagna.
That £18 million could be used going after a younger alternative, with someone coming in who could serve the club for well over three to four years, justifying that amount of cash.
It’s a difficult situation for the club because there are several sides who would snap Sagna up in a heart beat, rival sides, should he become available in the summer.
Liverpool have already been strongly linked with the Frenchman, it’s now a case of who’s going to blink first as he battles to try and stay at the North London club.
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