The right-back conundrum

The right-back conundrum

Arsenal have been trying to tie defender Bacary Sagna down to a new contract all season, but as the negotiations linger and stall, the notion of the Frenchman leaving on a free transfer in the summer is becoming more and more of a reality.

The next contract the 31 year-old signs will most likely be the final lucrative one of his career, and resultantly, the right-back appears to be holding out until the Gunners produce an extension offer he can’t refused, or the North Londoners are gazumped by one of Sagna’s other suitors.

Many anticipated a switch to Ligue 1, but Liverpool are reportedly prepared to offer the Emirates veteran, who has been with Arsenal since 2007, a Premier League life-line.

At the same time, their desire for Sagna stems from rumours that Liverpool’s No.2 Glen Johnson could be going the other way.

Like Sagna, the England international has recently rebuffed attempted contract negotiations, but with his deal set to expire in 2015, the Reds are reportedly keen to cash-in before the 29 year-old’s value further depreciates.

Therefore, in a classic transfer to-and-fro, the Gunners and the Anfield side look set for a lengthy summer saga to decide the conjoined fates for their respective right-backs.