Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been offered a three-year-contract by Manchester City.
Manchester City are looking to make full use of Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna’s contract situation and according to reports from The Guardian, the Frenchman has been offered a three-year-deal.
Sagna has been one of the key players for Arsenal this season, featuring 28 times in the league, but remains locked in a contractual stand-off with the club and will become a free-agent once his current terms expire in June.
Arsenal have an internal policy of handing only one-year contract extension to players in their thirties, but Wenger has shown readiness to break such rules for Sagna and he is extremely keen for the 31-year-old to stay.
The length of the contract City are offering is tempting for Sagna, plus he is expected to get a significant improvement on his £50,000-a-week salary.
In recent years, several Arsenal players have joined City from Arsenal, with the likes of Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy each making the move between 2009-11.
Inter Milan are also thought to be interested in Sagna, and the club president Erick Thohir told his club’s official website on Wednesday about his wish to sign the Frenchman.
“We’re interested in Sagna because we need to balance the team,” Thohir said.
“Right now, we only have [Yuto] Nagatomo and Jonathan. If one of them gets injured, you need somebody else to come in. But it Sagna decided to stay in England, we’d understand and in that case, we might bring in a young player from our academy.”
Sagna has however maintained that he wishes to continue at the North London club, should he be given a better contract. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur could be willing to take him on a Bosman transfer fee as well.