Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna’s future is up in the air as the French international’s contract is set to expire this summer.
The 31-year-old has played for the North London outfit for the past seven years, yet yesterday’s FA Cup final victory over Hull City may just be his last game in an Arsenal shirt.
The Gunners have a contract policy with players over 30 which is to only offer one-year extensions to existing deals. Similar to Mikel Arteta’s recent queries, it is a situation which can leave players feeling vulnerable over their future.
In Sagna’s case, however, the player has a number of options and Manchester City are reportedly one of those, tempting the star with a move to the Etihad with an alleged four-year contract worth £100,000-a-week.
After Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Hull, Sagna told the press that he and the club will try to find a solution over his future, only a week after admitting that the final is likely to be his last game.
In yet another twist in his transfer saga, however, Manchester United are now said to be interested in the player and will look to trump Manchester City’s offer.
According to The Mirror, soon-to-boss Louis Van Gaal is not keen on current United right-back Rafael and he has reportedly targeted Sagna as his ideal replacement.
With United’s recently voted best ever centre-back pairing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand departing this summer, a lack of top experience will be missing from United’s back-line and Sagna will certainly help in this area.
The former Auxerre star has more than 200 Premier League games under his belt, and his marauding runs from right-back goes hand-in-hand with the famed United philosophy.
For Arsenal, losing yet another top player to a Manchester club will be a bitter pill to swallow and should Sagna leave, they will have a big void to fill this summer.