Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has confirmed his interest in signing Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, who is also believed to have attracted admiring glances from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Sky Sports reports how the France international has been heavily linked with a move away from north London this summer, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is eager to tie the 31-year-old to a new deal, but negotiations have reached an impasse, raising doubts over his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium.
And, according to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho or Tim Sherwood could offer Sagna an escape-route from Arsenal, with Chelsea and Tottenham both ready to meet the right-back's wage demands.
Sagna and his wife are settled in London, and if Arsenal are unwilling to pay the full-back what he wants, then Stamford Bridge or White Hart Lane could be a realistic option.
Manuel Pellegrini has also been mooted by the Daily Star as an admirer of Sagna, but with Pablo Zabaleta in fine form at the Etihad Stadium, he might not have a clear route into the Manchester City first-team.
He would, however, be afforded regular football in Italy at the San Siro, after Thohir made clear Inter's desire to bring him to Serie 'A' on a Bosman free transfer.
"I'm not used to making announcements if a contract is not signed," he explained in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport this week. "I can only say that we like Sagna and that at this point it all depends only on him.
"Announcements will be made only when there is a signature. The same goes for Palacio's contract renewal.
"Have we signed Sagna then? I did not say that. If he doesn't arrive, we will bring in a youth player."
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