Arsenal defender subject to offer from mega rich club.
Arsenal are expected to receive an offer for their France international right back Bacary Sagna from AS Monaco, likely to be promoted to Ligue 1 next season.
The principality club are owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, and are expected to invest heavily in the team upon promotion to the French top flight in order to immediately make an impression.
The Daily Mail naming Sagna as one of their top transfer targets for the summer, and the fact that the Gunners’ defender’s contract expires in summer 2014 may play on manager Arsene Wenger’s mind.
Certainly Wenger has previous form in that regard, having recently sold Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie with a year remaining on their deals, preferring to cash in rather than get the best out of them for a further season.
However, Sagna is a slightly different case, for Arsenal already have a decent option at right back in his stead.
Carl Jenkinson’s performances when Sagna has been absent have been immensely encouraging, and though he is far from the finished article, with more experience he seems set to become international class.
Perhaps the loss of Sagna will not be felt so painfully in north London as that of Nasri and Van Persie.