Arsenal’s interest in Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier seems to grow by the day, with the player hardly holding back in reciprocating the north Londoners’ affections.
With Arsene Wenger full-back shopping, it would appear evident that long-serving number two Bacary Sagna has played his last game for the club and will be down the road once his contract expires at the end of June.
Manchester City are his next destination, or so the latest titter emanating from the rumour mill would have you believe, with Metro channelling reports from France that the 31-year-old has penned a £150,000-a-week, three-year deal at the Etihad.
Such a revelation is certain to spark fury amongst Arsenal fans at the prospect of losing yet another star to the money of Man City, but the Gunners have surely got the better of this particular exchange.
Sagna has arguably been the most consistent right-back in the Premier League over the previous six seasons, but at 31, he’s not going to have too many years left producing his best.
Such a pricey three-year contract for a player of this age doesn’t seem sensible, especially for a club recently handed a monstrous fine for their inability to comply with financial fair play regulations.
If Wenger regarded Sagna in the same high esteem as City clearly do, he would’ve cashed in on him last summer rather risk losing him for nothing, as was the case with Robin van Persie and Gael Clichy who wouldn’t extend their final Gunners contracts.
So rather than be held to ransom by an ageing star, the FA Cup winners have opted to bring in a fresh right-back, which begs the question why didn’t the Citizens take this course of action as opposed to paying big bucks for a player in decline?
Aurier demonstrated his class in Ligue 1 last season, scoring six goals and assisting as many to supplement stellar defensive statistics of 2.8 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per outing.
His impressive performances in 2013/14 almost guarantee he’ll be starting the Ivory Coast’s first World Cup match against Japan, a game the Elephants are 31/20 to win.