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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists that talks over a new contract with defender Bacary Sagna “are not progressing well” as a number of clubs start to monitor the situation.
Sagna’s current deal with the club is set to expire at the end of this season and he will then be allowed to leave as a free agent, making him a very tempting prospect for any team to acquire.
The France international has been with the Gunners since joining from Auxerre in 2007 for a fee of around £9million, rising to £11million.
However, after making over 200 appearances for the Gunners, it would appear that the 31-year-old has grown tired of life at the Emirates and could be looking to further his career elsewhere.
Arsenal have been involved in negotiations with the full-back for the most part of the season but Wenger has now conceded that the decision lies with Sagna.
Wenger said: “Talks are not progressing.
“The ball is not in our court anymore and he has to come back to us [with an answer].”
With uncertainty over his future at the club growing, a number of clubs from England, Italy and France have started to form an orderly queue to tempt Sagna away from north London.
Manchester City and Manchester United have emerged as leading candidates to swoop for his signature but PSG and Monaco are also understood to be keen on trying to lure Sagna back to his homeland.