Arsenal are already preparing for the departure of Bacary Sagna and have identified Ligue 1 youngster Serge Aurier as a possible replacement.

According to Talksport, the Gunners have been doing lots of scouting to identify new right-back options ahead of this summer and the Toulouse man has impressed. Scouting missions have been necessary because current first-choice Bacary Sagna's contract expires at the end of the season and no agreement over an extension has been made.

The report claims Arsenal would only have to pay somewhere in the region of £6million to land Aurier, who has made himself an integral part of the Toulouse starting XI in the past couple of seasons. The 21-year-old is showing signs of real promise and recently broke into the Ivory Coast side, but Arsenal fans may be concerned that a more experienced option hasn't been lined up.

Sagna is one of the most consistent members of Arsene Wenger's squad but, at 31 years old, is preparing to sign what is likely to be the lats major contract of his career. Arsenal have reportedly been trying hard to get him to renew his deal, but the two parties have hit an impasse over the length of the deal.

Sagna wants three years but the Gunners are only ready to offer two years, which is already more than the traditional one-year extension Arsenal tend to offer to players over 30. A young replacement would be a worry, however, as the only other first team right-back at Emirates Stadium is Carl Jenkinson, who has shown promise but whose form has been erratic.

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