It’s the story that won’t go away. The future of Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been up in the air for most of the season. With his contract up at the end of the season Sagna has been free to talk to new clubs since January 1 and the latest from French newspaper L’Equipe is that the right-back is close to signing a deal with Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The move to Turkey would see Sagna double his wages and earn around €150,000 per month with the soon to be Turkish champions. The Frenchman would join former Premier League players Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles and Emre Belozoglu at the Istanbul club.
Rumours had emerged recently that Arsenal had offered the right-back a new three-year deal, but Sagna still refused to sign. Arsene Wenger admitted on Friday that talks were “not progressing” edging Sagna towards leaving the club he joined from Auxerre in 2007.
Sagna’s decision to leave London will leave Wenger with a huge hole to fill in his starting line-up. The 31-year-old Frenchman has played 210 games for Arsenal since joining from France and that sort of experience is hard to replace without spending a lot of money. And although Wenger is rumoured to have a £70 million transfer kitty, he won’t want to blow a large amount of a right-back.
One player that could be available for a reasonable price, and would be more than willing to join the London club is Toulouse defender, Serge Aurier.
The Ivorian defender is a self-confessed Arsenal fan and can often be found retweeting Arsenal fans who ask the defender if he is moving to London. It’s not set in stone, but it shows the player is interested.
Although Aurier’s contract is not up until 2018, Toulouse would likely be willing to do business for around €10 million. That is a bargain for a player that has played 100 times in Ligue 1 and will start for the Ivory Coast at this summer’s World Cup.
If Sagna does decide to sign for Fenerbahce, Arsenal need a replacement, and in Aurier, they will struggle to find a more suitable and exciting signing.