Arsenal have reportedly made one final contract offer to Bacary Sagna to keep him at the club beyond this summer, according to reports on Goal.com.
The 31 year old has been at the club for nearly seven years after signing from French outfit Auxerre for £8 million in 2007 and has gone on to make 280 appearances for the Londoners under manager Arsene Wenger.
The French international’s contract expires at the end of the season and the defender is free to talk to other clubs to discuss a potential move. It has been widely reported that Sagna wants an improved financial offer from Arsenal, with the length of contract believed to be the main sticking point in negotiations.
The report states that the Gunners have offered the French right-back a deal worth more than £80,000-per-week and are hopeful that it will be enough to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.
It further suggests that Arsenal have upped their package during fresh talks earlier in April. It is an improvement on the £75,000-a-week deal already on the table, with both offers spread over two years with the option of a third year.
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The defender has a string of offers from other clubs around Europe, with Fenerbache ready to double his wages, while Inter Milan, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also credited with an interest. Arsenal also have a contingency plan in place if he refuses the offer, with Calum Chambers, Sebastian Jung and Lukasz Piszczek all believed to be targets for the Gunners.
Sagna has been a brilliant servant for the club, staying while many others left for bigger deals and the promise of trophies elsewhere. However it is becoming clear that he has no intention of renewing his contract which is sad because he has been a great player for the club but mostly because there is a sense of frustration that we should not have been in this position.
He really has given his all in a red and white shirt and should be rewarded with a contract which reflects his position in the team. I don’t think that we will be able to replace him sufficiently and surely giving him a large contract to ensure he stays must be cheaper than replacing him with like for like quality. Hopefully the club understand this fact and give him a lucrative contract that he deserves.
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