Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna’s future is up for grabs. The Frenchman’s contract runs out in the summer and so far, he is stalling on a new deal with the Gunners. According to reports, the Gunners have offered him a new one year contract on the same salary but the former Auxerre star wants the security of a three year deal and an increase in his take home pay.
Chances of a compromise from the Frenchman might be slim considering the fact that he has a good offer from Italian giants Inter Milan. According to the EPSN, the Nerazzurris are ready to offer him a three year deal worth £110k per week. That is certainly in tandem with what Sagna’s camp wants and if that is true, the question on the lips of many is – can Arsenal can match it?
Certainly in football terms, Arsenal are a more attractive proposition as the Gunners are challenging for major titles, unlike Inter who are tussling to qualify for the Champions League as they are currently lying in fifth spot and only three teams qualify for Europe’s Premier club competition from Italy.
Also, the Serie A is no longer as attractive as it was in the past; a look around will see only Kaka as the big player. Will Sagna want to leave Arsenal and the Premier League to move to a league in decline?
That as it may, Arsenal and the Premier League might hold more attraction to the Frenchman but The Gunners will have to up their offer to move closer to what Inter and other suitors are ready to offer Sagna in a bid to keep him. I don’t blame Sagna for holding firm thus far; his next contract will likely be his last big one and it is better he gets the best possible offer but his judgment wouldn’t only be financially motivated, he must also weigh how it would help his football career both at club and international level. The former influences the latter.
As it is now, Debauchy is already giving Sagna a run for his money in Les Bleus, a move to a weaker league like Serie A and struggling club like Inter will only make his job of displacing the Newcastle man more difficult.