Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna will not leave the Premier League in the summer, according to Inter Milan president Erick Thohir.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and the Gunners hopes of tying him down to a new deal are growing increasingly unlikely. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all understood to be keen on him, while Inter Milan are among the clubs to offer him a lucrative move abroad.
However Thohir has revealed that Sagna rejected a move to Italy after deciding to stay in the Premier League, but it’s still unclear which club he’ll be playing for next season.
According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, he said:
As for Sagna, he has decided to stay in the Premier League.
Some reports earlier in the week have suggested that Sagna was set to reject Arsenal’s final two-year contract offer and was favouring a switch to the Etihad Stadium when his deal expires at the end of the season, so it certainly does not mean he will be remaining at Emirates despite choosing to stay in England.
Manchester City have been credited with interest in the defender and it remains to be seen if they will be submitting an official proposal, while Liverpool are also interested.
If he makes the move to the Etihad, he wouldn’t be the first and unfortunately not the last, as we have seen several first team players leave over the past few years with the likes of Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri all joining City.
Arsene Wenger might also take heart from the comments in the hope that the Gunners can still convince their player to extend his soon to be completed deal. Gooners will be keen for the club to find a breakthrough in talks and persuade him to extend his stay at the Emirates.
He’s an important part of the first team plans for Wenger but the longer talks drag on for, the more it looks like he could be leaving on a free transfer this summer. We still have time to strike a deal as technically Sagna shouldn’t be allowed to talk to any other Premier League team until the end of his contract, but as we get closer to the summer the situation will only get worse.
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