Arsenal have reportedly made a breakthrough in their attempts to tie Bacary Sagna down to a new contract, according to reports on Goal.com.
The Frenchman’s current deal will end in June and despite being locked in negotiations for many months, Arsenal have been unable to agree terms over an extension so far.
The report states that Sagna’s representatives have held positive fresh talks with the club and the Gunners hierarchy believe they have made a breakthrough in their attempt to extend the player’s deal beyond this season. The defender is believed to be settled with his family in London and is increasingly likely to snub offers from Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Inter Milan to remain at the North London club.
The Gunners originally offered a two-year £75,000-a-week deal, which was short of Sagna’s original demands for a three-year deal worth £100,000-a-week. However, there is growing confidence among the Arsenal hierarchy that 18 months of negotiations will result in a successful outcome for the club and Wenger’s close involvement in the new talks too have made a difference.
The Gunners are on the brink of winning major honours again and can’t afford to let such a vital player leave. At 31, this will likely be the last big contract of his playing career and he’s understandably after a big payday.
He has consistently been the Premier League’s best right-back in his time at the club. His athleticism and his experience make him almost irreplaceable. There were concerns last year that he was past his best and breaking the same leg twice in eight months had taken too much out of him, but he’s back to his best this season. Some aspects of his game have improved and his deliveries from the right wing are now a constant threat to opposition defences.
Even if we sign a replacement it will be a step-down and inevitably cost more than the wage increase Sagna is after. There isn’t an internal solution either, as Carl Jenkinson is obviously very talented but has a long way to go and Hector Bellerin isn’t ready to step up yet.
The Frenchman has been a loyal servant and should be remembered as an Arsenal legend. The club has to do everything it can to keep him.
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