Arsene Wenger has confirmed there’s an impasse in negotiations with Bacary Sagna dismissing suggestions the French international is on the cusp of signing a new deal at the club.
A free agent in the summer, the 31-year-old has been able to discuss his future with foreign clubs since January and (understandably) he isn’t short of suitors.
Last month Inter Milan confirmed they’d contacted Sagna only to hint that the experienced defender had opted to stay in England. Given that a stay at the Emirates doesn’t seem likely that opens up the possibility of him moving to a rival with Manchester City thought to be snooping around.
“Talks are not progressing,” Wenger told journalists this morning at his pre-Newcastle press conference. “The ball is not in our court any more and he has to come back to us.”
It doesn’t look good from an Arsenal perspective and would leave the boss looking to replace a significant chunk of the defence with Thomas Vermaelen and Lukasz Fabianski also thought to be on the way out this summer.
It also makes a lie of midweek stories which said the right-back was close to agreeing a new deal. As we reported at the time, talks broke down a long time ago, and Arsenal fans are going to have to prepare themselves for his departure unless there’s a massive shift from both parties.