Bacary Sagna’s future remains uncertain to whether he will be at Arsenal come the start of the season, after there have been still no known developments on his contract negotiations, whilst his agent has also been talking up the Frenchman’s chances of securing a move away from the Emirates this summer.
The latest club to be mentioned in the Arsenal rumour mill is Turkish club Galatasaray. Last season we sold fan favourite (although for all the wrong reasons) Emmanuel Eboue and now they seem to want to take another defender off our hands. Galatasaray have also been invited to this year’s Emirates cup competition, hosted by Arsenal and so surely discussion will further take place then, if no transfer involving Sagna has already happened.
Back to the latest developments and despite the talk surrounding Sagna had gone cold for a while, Sagna’s agent Laurent Gutsmith decided to spice things up once again by confirmed the interest of several clubs:
“Bacary still has a year left on his contract but Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested.”
It did seem that PSG were once the front runners for a deal after the French international never ruled out a return to his homeland. But as stated, talk has since gone quiet and so perhaps Sagna could be moving to Turkey this summer.
To whether Sagna should leave the Gunners this summer is a debateable subject that divides Arsenal fans opinion. On one hand I feel the 30 year old should leave and that this is the prime time to sell him. But I also want to hang on to his experience and expertise.
Sagna is entering the last year of his contract and so with the player wanting a longer deal than the 1 year being offered, I feel that we could get a reasonable amount for the Frenchman. Galatasaray are reportedly willing to offer £6 million, whilst I’m sure mega rich PSG would be willing to bid the same or even a higher amount for the defender. It then gets a high wage bill player off the club’s books, who is also admittedly going into decline after those two horrendous leg breaks.
It’ll be sad to see such a servant of the club leave but in my opinion, if the price is right, it’s time for Sagna to leave.