Gunners are are said to already be planning for life without the les Bleus defender.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger wants to sign promising young Genoa right-back Sime Vrsaljko as a replacement for Bacary Sagna in north London next season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
It has now been privately accepted by the Frenchman that his first-choice right back will not be putting pen to paper on a new deal with the Gunners and with Sagna’s current contract due to run out on June 30 2014, the player will be eligible to start negotiating with foreign clubs as soon as the transfer window reopens again at the turn of the year.
Arsenal had offered to extend the France international’s career in the capital, however, it is understood that Sagna is currently weighing up more lucrative deals from the likes of Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, mega-rich French outfit AS Monaco and a number of big-spending Qatari clubs too.
And as a result, Wenger is said to also now be planning on life without his attack-minded full back at the Emirates next season, and the man the Gunners boss wants to take over from Sagna is believed to be Genoa’s recently purchased Croatia international.
Vrsaljko moved to the Serie A outfit in July from giants Dinamo Zagreb on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.