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Man City and Inter to compete for Sagna’s signature

Arsenal, 4/9 to win the FA Cup, could lose Bacary Sagna this summer.

The defender is the subject of strong interest from Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.

Speaking to Italian media, Inter President Erick Thohir stated: “I’m not used to making announcements if there is not a signed contract.

“I can only say that we like Sagna and that at this point it all depends on him. If he does not arrive, we will take a younger right-back.”

Competition for Sagna’s signature is likely, with Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly showing interest, as Arsenal are yet to confirm whether a new contract will be offered.

The Gunners have already lost key players to both teams over the years; Ashley Cole infamously moving to Chelsea in Jose Mourinho’s first stint in charge. Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy then followed Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor to the Etihad, strengthening Arsenal’s tag as a feeder club to Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger has a reputation for only offering players over 30 one-year contract extensions, though it remains to be seen how this situation will be resolved.

Italian teams are known for getting the best out of players coming to the end of their careers. Serie A is traditionally more slowly paced, with an emphasis on tactics.

Having just been taken over, Inter are in a period of transition aiming to overhaul their squad, and challenge once again for major honours.

Having already tied up the signing of Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer from Manchester United, Sagna would be in good company, and could help to form part of a formidable defence at the Italian giants.

Meanwhile, Sagna’s immediate future concerns the match at home against Swansea on Tuesday evening. Arsenal are 8/15 for the win, with the away side at 11/2. Coral have the draw at 10/3.