The 30-year-old Bacary Sagna moved to London in a €9 million deal from Auxerre in the summer of 2007 and has since then established himself as the first-choice right back with the Gunners. However, he has been unable to win any trophies during his seven seasons with Arsenal and is keen to finish his career back in France.
His willingness to leave Arsenal started showing once he made comments about their transfer activity last September. He questioned the sales of key players such as Nasri, Clichy, Fabregas and Van Persie. He also stated his desire of lifting the Premier League trophy, especially after former team-mates Clichy and Nasri won it last season.
The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of next season and Wenger wanted his first-choice right back to sign an extension. Talks have been on-going for some time now, but no deal has yet been finalised.
And according to Dailymail, Sagna has rejected the offer of a new contract, paving the way for a summer exit.
Monaco are in the market for a right-back and have identified a move for the France international as an ideal defensive reinforcement. They are keen on adding quality players in order to challenge champions-elect PSG next season. However, Sagna has also attracted attention from Italy and Russia and Monaco would have to battle a few clubs to land their man.
Arsenal fans should not be too worried about the inevitable departure of Sagna. He has not been able to recapture his previously amazing form after the horrific leg injury of last season. At 30 years of age, his best years are behind him and there is no sense in keeping a player who has his heart set on moving elsewhere.
The Gunners also have a huge transfer kitty for the summer and are already tracking replacements. Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat, Sochaux’s Sebastien Corchia and Aston Villa’s Matt Lowton are all possible contenders to replace Sagna for next season.