Arsenal linked with shock move for Championship star to succeed Sagna?

Burnley

Arsenal have once again been linked with a shock move for Burnley full back Kieran Trippier.

Arsenal will surely attempt to strengthen their squad once again this summer after crashing out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich this week, with fans still craving domestic and European success after almost nine years without silverware in North London.

But their hopes could be damaged by the potential departure of full back Bacary Sagna this summer. The Frenchman, who arrived from Auxerre back in 2007, is out of contract at the end of the season and has drawn interest from a number of clubs, including Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

Manager Arsene Wenger would rather keep Sagna than have to replace him, but the 31-year-old reportedly wants £120,000 per week to stay at the Emirates Stadium, which is an obscene figure for a player whose best days appear to be well behind him.

This has led Wenger to eye up potential replacements for Sagna, and one name that has popped up again is Burnley's Trippier, who was suggested as a target for the Gunners in 2012 having impressed for the Clarets.

And the 23-year-old former Manchester City trainee has continued his superb displays under Sean Dyche this season, contributing a staggering 14 assists from right back as Burnley are on the charge towards promotion back to the Premier League this season.

It may be an underwhelming signing from the perspective of Gunners fans, but Trippier is one of the better right backs outside the top flight and is arguably better than current Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson. However, it could take a considerable fee to snare Trippier away from Burnley, as former club Manchester City have a reported 40% sell on clause in his contract, and the Clarets will want to receive as much money as possible for their young star.

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