Will Arsenal come to regret the fast-expiring nature of elite-level right back Bacary Sagna's contract?
The defender's deal runs out on June 30 and it is rumoured that both player/player's agent and the club are far off in their estimations over how much Sagna should be receiving as well as for how long the prospective contract should run.
Sagna, for instance, is believed to be holding out for £100,000 per week for three years yet he is 31-years-old - one year older than the problematic age in Wenger's mindset.
What makes it tricky for Arsenal is that the player has no shortage of admirers and include AS Monaco and Paris Saint Germain (both The Sun) from last summer with Galatasaray (Daily Mail, January), Manchester United and Manchester City (both Daily Star, four days ago) all linked more recently.
All aforementioned clubs, particularly City, would be able to offer Sagna a weekly wage that surpasses the £100k figure should they put their money where the media's mouth is.
Arsenal have upset past full backs on their books after seemingly low-balling them when it came to contractual negotiations. Ashley Cole, in the most famous case, fumed over a difference of £5,000 per week and transferred to Chelsea, where he not only received a greater salary, but also won an four FA Cups, a Premier League title, a Europa League winners medal and a Champions League title.
The Englishman has since been branded "Cashley Cole" and, as Piers Morgan pointed out via his social media channel during Arsenal's 3-0 rout over Newcastle United, the Emirates Stadium club must do what they can with Sagna in order to prevent another Cashley Cole situation…
HITC: Sport recently published a financial report breaking down Sagna's defensive contributions compared to his financial earnings from Arsenal, compared these to other Premier League footballers who fulfill similar roles at other clubs and came to a conclusion based on the findings of whether a reported £100k/week extension on the Frenchman's deal would be worth it. Read more about it here.