Arsenal Transfer News: Bacary Sagna Rejects Inter, Fuelling Manchester City Talk

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Bacary Sagna of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Manchester City have received a boost in their pursuit of Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna after it was revealed that the Frenchman recently turned down a move to Inter this summer.

Sagna's contract with the north London outfit expires at the end of this season, and's Stephen Darwin reports Inter president Erick Thohir's latest update on both the Arsenal man and Patrice Evra of Manchester United.

Thohir confirmed his club's failed attempt to sign Sagna, saying:

"Sagna decided to stay in the Premier League. But it will be necessary to strengthen that area of the field. About (Patrice) Evra we did not have any contact."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty I
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It's positive news for Manuel Pellegrini, who will be glad to know his City side are at least geographically in a prime position to challenge for Sagna's signature.

That being said, Arsene Wenger might also take heart from the comments in the hope that the Gunners can still convince their player to extend his soon-to-be completed deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Contract length and wages are by no means small factors in agreeing these deals, especially when financially prudent Arsenal have strict policies that they wish to adhere to.

The Mirror's John Cross praises Sagna and says Arsenal should "break the bank" to keep hold of him:

Should he move to the Etihad Stadium, Sagna wouldn't be the first Arsenal player to head in that direction, following the route taken by the likes of Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure since City's 2008 Abu Dhabi takeover.

Pellegrini's side are currently poised as one of the favourites for this year's Premier League title. Their 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening pushes the side back into second place, just three points behind leaders Chelsea, with the advantage of two games in hand over their west London enemies.

On the other hand, Arsenal have slipped out of title contention, winning just three of their last nine league outings and falling from first to fourth in the space of six weeks. Sagna may well look over at City with envious eyes.

Pablo Zabaleta is the current occupant of City's right-back spot, but Pellegrini's juggling of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov on the left side of defence shows that it is possible to have two such talented individuals in the same position.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Bacary Sagna of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on March 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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City's thriving ranks have become accustomed to a regular case of rotation, with numerous areas of their squad benefiting from the presence of two, three or even four superb talents.

Sagna turned 31 in February and, as Darwin states, has already turned down a two-year deal from Arsenal worth £75,000-a-week. His next deal may well be the last he signs before experiencing the decline that inevitably inhibits all players in their twilight years and so it's understandable that the French international takes his time.