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Bacary Sagna considering options as negotiations stall

Bacary Sagna could go from the Emirates to the Etihad this summer.
Bacary Sagna could go from the Emirates to the Etihad this summer.
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Arsenal full back Bacary Sagna could follow in the footsteps of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy by making the switch to Manchester City this summer, The Guardian claims.

Sagna, 31, is out of contract after the season. And the vultures have begun to circle.

Manchester City, Tottenham and Internazionale are all giving the French defender something to think about. Sagna has been an consistent name on the team sheet for manager Arsene Wenger since his arrival in 2007 at the Emirates.

Arsenal have a general policy of granting only one-year extensions to players past 30 years of age. But Wenger, reportedly, is ready to break that in order to get these negotiations finished and Sagna’s contract extended.

The Guardian says that the Gunners have offered a two-year deal, but the veteran wide back is holding out for a three-year extension.

Besides Nasri and Clichy, City have also signed Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure from Arsenal, but neither of them are at the club these days.

Italian giants Inter went as far to make their interest public as Erick Thohir, the club’s president, said, “We’re interested in Sagna because we need to balance the team.

“Right now, we only have Nagatomo and Moreira. If one of them gets injured, you need somebody else to come in. But if Sagna decided to stay in England, we’d understand and in that case, we might bring in a young player from our academy.”