Arsenal's chances of convincing Bacary Sagna to sign a new deal with the club are about to become much slimmer as Serie A side Inter Milan ready a bumper offer.
According to Calciomercato, the Nerazzuri's new owner, Erick Thohir, is ready to splash the cash in a bid to rebuild the squad and the Gunners right-back is the latest piece in the jigsaw. Arsenal have reportedly set up crunch talks with the France international's representatives in order to try and thrash out a deal before the summer window opens.
Sagna's current deal expires at the end of the season and he will be able to move where he likes on a free transfer, which will also mean any contract offers he receives will come with hefty signing on fees. Calciomercato claim Inter officials will travel to England this week to watch Manchester United take on Olympiacos in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 clash, but will also use it as an opportunity to contact Sagna's camp.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he is keen for the 31-year-old to remain at Emirates Stadium, but understood why Sagna would want to keep his options open. Wenger even admitted the club were ready to give him more than the traditional one-year extension they usually reserve for over 30s.
Inter Milan officials will be watching another new free transfer when they travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday, as captain Nemanja Vidic has already confirmed he will be joining the Serie A club when his contract expires in the summer. The Calciomercato report also claims they are interested in Patrice Evra, another Manchester United player whose contract runs out at the end of the season.