City set to complete free signing of Arsenal defender

Manchester City are close to completing the signing of Bacary Sagna on a free transfer from Arsenal, after the full back rejected an improved contract offer at the Emirates, according to the Evening Standard.

Sagna’s future at Arsenal has been under intense scrutiny in recent months, with the France international said to be unhappy at not being offered improved terms by the club he has been at since 2007.

And now it looks as though Sunday’s FA Cup triumph over Hull City will prove to be his last game for the Gunners, with newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City waiting in the wings.

Sagna had demanded an improved pay package at the Emirates of £100k a week, claiming it was deserved after the loyalty he had shown to the club down the years.

The 31-year-old rejected the opportunity to join Real Madrid previously, and has remained one of Arsene Wenger’s most consistent performers.

However, the Gunners were only willing to stump up a £70k a week offer, whilst Manchester City have made an offer of a contract worth a whopping £120k a week.

That means Sagna is set to follow in the footsteps of Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri, by swapping the Emirates for the Etihad.


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