Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna looks set to leave the club, which is amazing as he reportedly indicated to the Gunners last week that he wanted to stay.
Goal.com has revealed that Arsenal were told last week that the Frenchman was keen to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, which was a two-year deal, with the option of a third year.
“Senior Gunners officials had been given indications that Sagna would sign a two-year extension, with the option of a third year, last week,” revealed Goal.
“However, a formal agreement failed to materialise and Arsenal believe one of their longest-serving players could be about to leave in search of one mega payday.”
Arsenal have been battling all season long to get Sagna tied down to a new long term deal, which would likely keep him at the Gunners for the rest of his playing career.
However, Arsenal haven’t budged from the sort of offer they were looking to give Sagna with Arsene Wenger recently revealing that the Frenchman knew what was on the table from the club.
If Goal’s report is true then it raises the obvious question of why a physical and official agreement didn’t materialise over a new deal.
Sagna is clearly a player that Wenger wants to keep and his exit causes the boss more than one problem; he has to buy another right-back and has to increase the experience in his playing squad.
Sagna is someone who has been one of the first names down on the team sheet for Arsene Wenger throughout the season and he’s a very reliable player.
The latest reports suggest that Chelsea and Manchester City are the potential sides he could join, with the latter apparently having already made him a three-year contract offer.
Wenger has voiced concerns about more Arsenal players heading off to rival clubs but in this case he’d be powerless to resist it as he’d be out of contract and free to do as he wishes, despite the fact he appeared keen to stay with the North Londoners.