Arsenal fear Sagna exit as Wenger scouts alternatives

The chances of Bacary Sagna departing Arsenal on a free transfer are high, the Daily Mail has claimed, with Arsene Wenger’s scouts already scouring the globe for a replacement.

Sagna’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is not thought to be inclined towards signing a new one, the newspaper adds, despite the club being keen to discuss extending the France international’s stay in north London.

The 30-year-old has been an Arsenal player since 2007, making 250 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, and currently earns £60,000 per week on a contract signed in 2008. The right-back rejected offers from Manchester City and Real Madrid to remain with Arsenal but was disappointed a year ago when Arsenal offered him only his same terms, rather than a pay rise to reward his loyalty to the club.

Sagna was close to leaving the Emirates Stadium a year ago, the Mail reveals, but was convinced to stay for at least another 12 months. However, unless Arsenal up their financial offer, it is likely Sagna will head for Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Galatasaray or Fenerbahce, who are all monitoring the situation.

With that in mind Wenger’s chief scout, Steve Rowley, has set his scouting team the task of identifying a right-back to replace Sagna, although the defender’s recent form has been such that the club are said to hope to keep the former Auxerre player for the long-term.

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