Soon-to-be-out-of-contract defender wants around £100,000 a week and knows he’ll get it somewhere if the Gunners refuse to pay up
There had been earlier reports that talks where held with Representatives of Bacary Sagna while the Turkish champions were in London last week for their Champions League fixture with Chelsea.
Sagna’s Representatives, had reportedly held further talks with Galatasaray regarding a lucrative summer move to Turkey. Gala chiefs were in London last week for their Champions League clash against Chelsea and the Turks used the opportunity to meet Sagna’s representatives while Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has also met with Sagna’s representatives.
Right-back Sagna, 31, is a free agent at the end of the season and can sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs.
Now in recent reports, Inter have publicly confirmed their interest in Sagna, and have offered him a two-year contract with a further one year option while Galatasaray are prepared to pay him £100,000-a-week for three years.
Sagna, who has now turned down two new contract offers from Arsenal with the latest being a two year deal with an option of a third. But will hold one more round of talks with the Gunners soon.
The Gunners are still hoping to persuade Sagna to stay but that looks increasingly unlikely as they are still miles apart in negotiations.
Sagna wants around £100,000-a-week, a big signing-on fee and knows he can command that elsewhere if Arsenal do not pay it.
The French international has stayed at the Emirates after watching Ex team-mates Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Kolo Toure defect to Manchester City and was hoping to be rewarded for his loyalty.
Although Arsenal are already searching for a replacement in case the contract dispute isn’t resolved, with Lukasz Piszczek of Borrusia Dortmund and 18-year-old Sebastien Locigno, of Belgian club Gent, the latest right back on their radar.
Arsene Wenger however still hopes Sagna will sign up to the future at Arsenal with Ivan Gazidis and Dick Law planning a third round of talks with Sanga’s representatives in order to finally convince them that the Frenchman should see out his career with the Gunners.