With Glen Johnson’s Anfield future still up in the air, the first port of call in the transfer market for Brendan Rodgers this summer has to be securing the services of a new right-back.
According to the tabloids, it’s Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna that is currently at the forefront of the Liverpool gaffer’s summer plans.
After a wealth of criticism last tem, the 31 year-old has come back strong this season to find one goal and two assist in 24 Premier League appearances. He’s also averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 4.5 clearances per match, with a pass completion ratio of 85%, and has featured at right-back, left-back and centre-back for the Gunners this season.
The most intriguing factor however is the Emirates veteran’s potential availability – Sagna has just six months left on his current contract, and with the defender’s next deal most likely being the last lucrative one of his long career, the France international is holding out until Arsenal make him an offer too good to refuse, or they’re gazumped by one of his other suitors.
That would include Liverpool, and rumour has it that Johnson could go the other way.
Sagna’s almighty experience would certainly help the Anfield side consolidate next term after their drastic revival this season, but the Frenchman’s wage demands – billed as high as £100k per week by some sources – could be a stumbling block.