Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has stated categorically that the contract situation of the club’s first choice right back, Bacary Sagna is no more in the hands of the club as the player needs to make the decision to either stay or not.
Turkish club Fenerbahce are reportedly willing to offer Bacary Sagna double his current wages at Arsenal to join them in the summer, according to French publication L’Equipe.
Sagna joined Arsenal in 2007 and his current contract is due in June and
he is free to speak with other clubs and sign pre-contract agreements.
However, the Emirates club has offered the 31-year old a new contract said
to be worth around £75,000 a week in wages for two seasons with the option for a third season.
However, it is believed that the French international’s representatives are holding out for £100,000 a week and an outright 3-year contract amid interest from Manchester City, Inter Milan, Paris St Germain and Galatasaray and only recently Turkish giants Fenerbache.
Wenger however still hopes the former Auxerre of France player will sign
the new terms but conceded that the decision to sign lies solely with the
defender and his representatives as talks have stalled over the situation.
“At the moment they (talks) are not progressing. We know what we want from him, he knows what is on the table and that is where we are.
“The ball is not in our camp anymore, it is in his camp,” Wenger concluded.
Sagna has been a mainstay in the Arsenal squad since his arrival and he is
regarded as one of Wenger’s trusted players. He is also not facing
competition for his place, with Carl Jenkinson’s development stalling and
the youngster bitterly out of form.
But only recently, 31-year old Sanga has recently been lined up by Turkish side Fenerbache who are reportedly tempting the player with an offer that would see the Frenchman double the wage he receives at Arsenal plus an outright 3-year deal. But there is no report as to the players response to this offer yet.
However, it is believed that Wenger is ready to fill this position with quality regardless of the player’s decision. Arsenal fans should therefore not be bothered too over this contract tussle and should be rest assured that next season preparations are already in full swing.