Manchester City have reportedly offered Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna a three-year contract.
The 31-year-old's deal at the Emirates expires in the summer and he is still in talks with the north London club over a new contract.
Arsenal have a policy of only giving players over the age of 30 a one-year deal, but manager Arsene Wenger expressed his desire in February that he would love to keep the Frenchman at the club, indicating that he would be offered the longer contract he coveted.
"We are always in negotiations with him and we always try to be fair with our players," Wenger had said. "When I say I expect [him to stay], it's more that I want [him to stay]. I hope that in the end I am right. [But] we are not close at the moment."
Arsenal are reportedly willing to give Sagna a two-year deal, but he knows that a longer contract, on a bigger salary, awaits at Manchester City.
Arsenal players who could leave the Emirates this summer
Arsenal players who could leave the Emirates this summer
1/8 Lukasz Fabianski
The Pole looks set to end his frustrating spell with the Gunners having spent the bulk of his time in north London as an understudy. Having joined the club in 2007 from Legia Warsaw, Fabianski has made just 31 Premier League appearances, having seen firstly Manuel Almunia and Jens Lehmann ahead of him before his compatriot Wojciech Szczesny took over between the sticks at the Emirates. Despite brief chances to make his first-team claim, injury and costly mistakes has seen Arsene Wenger lose patience with the 28-year-old, and he is likely to try and resurrect his career elsewhere.
2/8 Bacary Sagna
The biggest name who looks likely to leave the Emirates this season after contract negotiations reportedly broke down between the club and the Frenchman. Wenger’s policy to offer over-30’s a one-year extension only looks set to rob him of yet another experienced player, having seen players such as Robert Pires head for pastures new when contract talks broke down. Carl Jenkinson has shown potential that he can step up and replace Sagna, but his development is far from complete and would see one of Arsenal’s stronger positions severely weakened.
3/8 Nicklas Bendtner
The frustrating figure that is Nicklas Bendtner has looked happier at Arsenal this season than in recent years, but he is almost certain to be allowed to leave after failing to fulfil his promise that saw him held in such high esteem by Wenger back in 2004. Stints away from the club haven’t produced much in terms of success in front of goal, and Wenger’s desire to bring in a new striker looks to be the final nail in his almost buried Gunners coffin.
4/8 Kim Kallstrom
Kallstrom was Wenger’s surprise January signing, having moved to sign the Swedish international on deadline day on a loan until the end of the season. Arsenal fans got an even bigger surprise – not to mention an unwelcomed one – the following day when the 31-year-old was immediately ruled out for six weeks with an existing back injury. His stay is not expected to continue beyond the summer.
5/8 Emiliano Viviano
Brought in to provide competition with Szczesny and Fabianski, Viviano was one of Wenger’s few summer signings having been acquired on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move. But the Italian has failed to make a single appearance this season, and looks likely to return to Palermo when his deal expires – although there is a hefty £5m clause to make the move permanent on top of the £1m paid for the initial loan.
6/8 Thomas Vermaelen
The Arsenal club captain is contracted until 2015, but he has spent the bulk of the past two seasons on the bench as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have struck up a formidable partnership. Despite admitting he is happy at the Emirates, he has confirmed that he will look at the situation if he remains out of favour. Having burst onto the Premier League when he joined the club in 2009, injury hampered the Belgian and he soon fell out of favour when Koscielny joined Mertesackker in the heart of the defence.
7/8 Lukas Podolski
The German’s run-out against Sunderland on the weekend was just the fifth time in his Arsenal career that Podolski has completed 90 minutes. While he exuberates the feel-good atmosphere currently surrounding the Gunners squad, and is part of an ever-growing number of Germans under Wenger’s guidance, he could lose patience with his inconsistency when it comes to first team selection.
8/8 Arsene Wenger
The manager himself is yet to commit to a new contract, and while his extension is expected imminently (it may already be a case of deal-done) he future cannot be made clear until an announcement is made. A collapse during their difficult March schedule could see a new contract thrown into jeopardy.
Sagna would join former Gunners' team-mates Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri at the Etihad Stadium.
In addition to City, Sagna has also interested Internazionale, with the club's president Erick Thohir confirming San Siro club's radar as they begin early preparations for next season.
"We're interested in Sagna because we need to balance the team," Thohir was quoted as saying on the club's official website.
"Right now we only have [Yuto] Nagatomo and Jonathan. If one of them gets injured you need somebody else to come in."
"If Sagna decided to stay in England, we'd understand and in that case we might bring in a young player from our academy," Thohir added.
The Inter owner ruled out a move for veteran Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, adding: "We've never had any negotiations with Evra".
Inter have already begun preparations for next season following a disappointing campaign.
Walter Mazzarri's side are 31 points adrift of champions-in-waiting Juventus and face a fight just to qualify for the Champions League.
Thohir has previously suggested that a high-profile striker would also be high on the list of priorities, with Chelsea forward Fernando Torres and Manchester City's Edin Dzeko both linked, amongst a host of names.
Thohir did not rule out a move for either, but will talk with his coach before any decision is made.
He added: "What I said is that we need someone up top. The media have written about those players and I mentioned that one of them would be good for Inter.
"It depends on the discussions we have with the coach and the management about how we can be more consistent up front. In the end it depends on the players, the formation and the strategy that we want to use."
Asked if he was happy with Mazzarri, Thohir added: "I don't have any problem with him or with the management.
"When it comes to the end of the season we review everything, for example if our website's not doing well, why that is, how do we improve ticketing and so on. As a businessman I need to review things."
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