Italian giants want Emirates Stadium favourite.
AC Milan are reportedly keen on landing Arsenal contract rebel Bacary Sagna according to Italian source CalcioMercato.
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The experienced French international will be out of contract this summer and has thus far resisted attempts to pen a new Gunners deal, leaving the North London club vulnerable to losing the key performer on a free transfer next summer, which in turn may lead to the Premier League side considering offers in January.
The former Auxerre man is into his seventh season at the Emirates Stadium side and having turned 30 the right-back will probably only be offered a one year rolling contract extension by the Arsenal board, as is their policy on ‘veteran’ performers.
Therefore a more lengthy contract offer may be considered by Sagna but one wonders if AC Milan have quite the same pull they once had given their recent lean form.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side clinched the Serie A title in 2010/11, their first domestic crown in six seasons and then secured second and third place finishes in the following two campaigns and the sales of big stars such as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have seen the San Siro side suffer.
This season has proved a very tough one for the Rossoneri, who currently sit in a lowly tenth spot having suffered five defeats in their opening dozen fixtures and as such one wonders if Sagna would consider a move to a club clearly on their way downwards.
Arsene Wenger would be loathed to lose Sagna but can call upon England international Carl Jenkinson as a very able, if raw, replacement for the Frenchman.