Arsenal have made a breakthrough in protracted contract talks with experienced defender Bacary Sagna and now look set to persuade the French international his long-term future lies at the Emirates, according to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Sagna has so far turned down the chance to sign fresh terms with Arsenal despite contract talks that have rumbled on for the majority of 2014, with the 31-year-old reportedly demanding a three-year deal which includes a vastly improved salary as reward for nearly seven years of loyal service in North London.
Although Sagna has still not put pen to paper on a contract extension Arsenal have moved closer to an agreement in the last 24 hours, according to Di Marzio, with potential transfer suitors including Inter Milan and Manchester City struggling to convince the full-back a lucrative summer switch is right for his career.
Gunners fans will be desperate for Arsenal to break with tradition and reach a compromise to keep one of their most consistent performers over the last five years, with Sagna rarely found wanting and staying put despite Arsene Wenger's failure to deliver silverware in recent times.
This season has been another one full of solid, dependable performances from Sagna, who has already featured 41 times for the Gunners in all competitions.
Positive news on the Sagna front could make sure Wenger has one less purchase to make this summer, with his exit surely prompting a summer move when you consider Carl Jenkinson is the only other recognised right-back in the first-team squad.
Wenger could still be forced to recruit in that position at the close of the campaign, but for now positive negotiations continue between Arsenal chiefs and Sagna's representatives heading into the final few weeks of the season.