L’Equipe (paywalled) are reporting this morning that Bacary Sagna reached an agreement with Manchester City on Monday and will sign a three-year deal at the Etihad.
The right-back, who signed for the Gunners from Auxerre for £6 million, is out of contract at the end of the month and will leave on a Bosman after seven years of service at the Emirates.
It was reported earlier in the season that the likes of Inter Milan and Galatasaray were keen on the 31-year-old but with big money on the table – reportedly £140,000 a week – from City it appears Sagna’s head has been turned.
It’ll be a sad sight seeing him step out in blue next season, especially as his debut could come against us in the Community Shield in early August, but we can’t really moan too much given the exemplary example he’s set to countless other players during his time in N5.
You can’t really level too much blame at the club either, they’ve been trying to negotiate a new deal with the player for the best part of 18 months and on this occasion have come up short. There’s no official confirmation of a deal having been struck but it appears it’s only a matter of time.
Scouting the market for a replacement, Arsenal have been heavily linked with Toulouse’s Ivorian international Serge Aurier who at 21-years-old is tipped as a big prospect for the future.
If nothing else, Arseblog News is pleased Sagna leaves Arsenal with a medal in his pocket as a reward for his efforts.