Bacary Sagna offered huge contract to ditch Arsenal

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Arsenal face a tough fight to hang on to defender Bacary Sagna as former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told current club Galatasaray to go all out to sign him.

According to the Daily Mail, the Turkish champions are ready to offer the 30-year-old a whopping £4.1million-a-year, four-year deal to lure him away from the Gunners.

Sagna is into the final six months of his contract at Emirates Stadium and the report claims talks over an extension have stalled as Arsenal officials have offered the France international a new deal without a pay rise.

His current deal is reportedly in the region of £3.6million-a-year, but the Galatasaray offer is for wages after tax and would amount to a significant jump in pay.

Added to this, the four-year duration of the deal could also prove to be persuasive as Arsenal's offer is only half that, with the Gunners sticking to their tradition of not offering players over 30 long-term contracts.

However, the report claims Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to hang on to one of the most experienced and reliable members of his squad.

This is likely to be Sagna's last big contract of his career, so the security of four years and a massive pay rise could go a long way to convincing him his future lies away from north London.

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