Free agent of the summer Bacary Sagna is widely expected to leave Arsenal and link-up with former Gunners Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri at Manchester City, while Etihad stalwart Aleksandar Kolarov could be back off to the continent after four seasons in the north west.
The Premier League champions are 9/5 to retain their title in 2014/15 and signing Sagna would certainly be a boost to their hopes, as there’s little going on in City’s right-back ranks beyond first choice Pablo Zabaleta, with England’s Micah Richards frozen out and likely to leave the club soon.
Sagna has also proved an adept emergency centre-half, having lined up in the position on four occasions for Arsenal in the top-flight last term, with the Gunners taking 12 points for the concession of just two goals.
It’s easy to understand why Manuel Pellegrini covets the World Cup-bound Frenchman, although news that Kolarov’s contract talks have not yet reached a happy conclusion should worry the Chilean.
The 47-cap Serbian played a crucial role in City capturing England’s top prize for only the fourth time in their history, appearing in ten more league games than left-back competitor Clichy and finishing the season as de facto first-choice in the position.
City won more and lost less matches in all competitions with Kolarov in the team from the off over Clichy and the 28-year-old popped up with crucial strikes against Bayern Munchen, Leicester, Swansea and Watford, with the latter pair proving to be winners.
Kolarov is in the last year of his current contract and although he has stated he’s happy under Pellegrini, after making more top-flight appearances during the 60-year-old’s first campaign in charge than in any of his three terms working with old gaffer Roberto Mancini, money may talk in this case.
Ligue 1 nouveau riche outfit Monaco are thought to be readying a deal that would see Kolarov’s wages go through the roof, while Serie A giants AC Milan, Juventus and Roma are also said to be monitoring developments.