Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Bacary Sagna to Battle Gunners for 3-Year Contract

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2014

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran, left, vies for the ball with Arsenal's Bacray Sagna, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Arsenal are set to offer Bacary Sagna a two-year contract extension worth £70,000 per week, but the French right-back is looking for an extra 12 months on top.

As reported by John Cross of the Mirror, Sagna's future remains in doubt as the two parties cannot find an agreement:

Bacary Sagna is having a fresh round of contract talks as Arsenal make a last-ditch bid to persuade him to remain a Gunner.

Sagna, who turns 31 next week, wants a three-year deal to stay with the league leaders, and so far talks have been deadlocked.

Cross notes that Arsene Wenger is aiming to find a "compromise" between the offer and his player's demands, but interest from abroad could scupper Sagna's willingness to remain in North London.

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The riches of home may be calling, as Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are set to be courting the experienced defender. Galatasaray and an unnamed club from the Middle East may also attempt to lure Sagna away, but it seems Arsenal are in prime position to secure the individual's future.

Sagna has already turned down a 12-month extension or two-year deal at £60,000 per week, as reported by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

Wenger rarely commits to aging players and will need to make a snappy decision on whether or not Sagna is worth keeping for another three years.

The full-back has played an important role during Arsenal's ascent to the Premier League summit this season—providing the Gunners with speed and incision down the right flank in Theo Walcott's absence.

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Sagna has made 26 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League, per He averages 1.6 tackles each match, 1.4 interceptions and 0.6 fouls, notching up three yellow cards. The speedy player has also scored one goal and provided three assists during the current campaign.

With Arsenal currently sitting two points clear of Manchester City and Chelsea, he is destined to play a major role in a title race that looks set to go down to the very last, per OptaJoe:

Cross' report confirms Per Mertesacker has signed a new contract with the club. It would be disappointing to see Sagna leave prematurely, especially as the Gunners' back four have been excellent this season.

The team have eased to a league-high of 11 clean sheets, the most alongside West Ham, per ESPN FC. Wenger would have plenty of scouting to do if Sagna's exit goes ahead, especially as Carl Jenkinson doesn't appear ready to replace the key component in Arsenal's defence.