Stamford Bridge side chase Emirates Stadium duo.
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Chelsea planning moves for Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna
Chelsea are lining up an audacious double swoop on Arsenal for both Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna.
The Champions League winners are ready to spend this summer in order to ensure continued success at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners pair are top of their list.
Having released Jose Bosingwa, the west London outfit are on the lookout for a new right-back and France international Sagna fits the bill.
They are also keen to add pace and width to their line-up and Walcott, who is now in the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, is an attractive option.
Despite securing a third place finish last term, an achievement that seems unlikely after a horrific start to the campaign, there appears to be a fair bit of concern that some of Arsenal’s top talent can be lured away from the North London club. Perhaps this is not all that surprising seeing as the Gunners have now gone seven seasons without securing any silverware but could Chelsea really tempt this pair into making a hugely contentious move to Stamford Bridge?
Roman Abramovich clearly has no issue entering transfer dealings despite the lack of a permanent manager in place, the Russian billionaire has already signed Marko Marin and Eden Hazard this summer, so the idea that he would prepare bids for further targets is by no means impossible.
Indeed the West London club could do with a reliable right-back, Jose Bosingwa has left the club having seen out his current contract and Branislav Ivanovic is probably more suited to a spot in the centre of defence, therefore a possible bid for French international Bacary Sagna would tick that box.
Theo Walcott could similarly add a more natural presence on the wings. Daniel Sturridge played much of last term on the flank but apparently favours a central role. Florent Malouda is getting on in years and offers less of a consistent threat than he once did. The aforementioned Marin was brought in to help boost numbers but perhaps the Arsenal wide-man could also be of great use?
The 23 year old has a year to run on his current deal so is vulnerable to advances and those who feel that Arsenal would never sell to a direct rival you need only remind yourself that Wenger sold four of his star turns to Man City in recent seasons.