Seemingly every elite club on the continent appears to be making plans for next season that involve Bacary Sagna, expect of course Arsenal, who envision a Championship promotion-winner lining up on the right side of their back four in 2014/15.
Burnley’s Kieran Trippier is the man the Gunners are targeting to fill the inevitable void the Frenchman will leave in the north Londoners’ defence when he departs on a free transfer this summer.
Nothing has been confirmed on the player’s behalf, but incessant press speculation suggesting he thinks the notoriously frugal north Londoners’ idea of a contract extension is a few quid light will come as no surprise to many and with the club announcing nothing positive on the matter, the 31-year-old is probably on his way.
The scents of money piles left outside the grounds of Manchester City and Chelsea are the latest to waft up Sagna’s nostrils according to several media sources.
Former Man City academy graduate Trippier has long been considered as a potential heir to the comically-coiffed right-back’s throne by Arsene Wenger and with a year remaining on his current Clarets deal, he may be available for a price Arsenal consider reasonable (it’s around £3m less than what everyone else deems acceptable in case you’re wondering).
The 23-year-old started all 46 of Burnley’s games en route to winning a second Premier League promotion and it’s obvious that Sean Dyche will want him to remain at Turf Moor for their top-tier foray.
With Newcastle and Southampton also harbouring an interest, the player has come out and expressed his happiness at Burnley, igniting discussions that he’ll agree a new deal with the club.
Turning down either of the aforementioned pair is one thing, but refusing advances from a Champions League participant is an entirely different proposition; his desire to stay put may well alter if Wenger gets him on the phone.
The Frenchman will play the final league game of his own expiring Arsenal contract against Norwich this weekend, with a price of 87/100 saying it’ll end in victory.