Sagna exit likely as contract talks break down

Bacary Sagna

Arseblog News has learned that Bacary Sagna is likely to leave the club this summer after contract talks between the player and the club broke down.

Wranglings between both sides have been ongoing for some time now and last month Arsene Wenger hinted that although the club were still trying, the player’s commitment could not be called into question if he were to leave when his current deal ends.

“We try to secure Sagna because he is a very important player,” he said. “He is fully committed and will be as long as he stays here.”

As we told you in January the issue is related to the length of the contract and the salary on offer. Despite further talks no agreement has been found.

Arsenal do have to compete with clubs who can sign him on a Bosman, allowing them to pay a significant signing on fee alongside an improved wage, and with rumoured interest from super-wealthy clubs like PSG and Monaco, the financial incentives to move at his age must be great.

Sagna turns 31 in two days time, and the security of a longer deal with a big pay rise is probably the main issue – although Arsenal’s reluctance to push the boat out for players over 30 is well known too.

It’s not impossible that something could be done between now and the end of the season to ensure he stays, but at this point it seems very unlikely.

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