Arsene Wenger steps closer toward Bacary Sagna replacement

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Arsene Wenger is looking to replace Bacary Sagna with Southampton starlet Calum Chambers this summer, reports the Daily Mail.

The Gunners boss has been deep in negotiations with Sagna, whose contract expires at the end of the seasons. Sagna is believed to be holding out for a lucrative three-year contract worth £90,000-a-week, which Arsenal have not offered.

Meanwhile other clubs, such as Galatasaray, have told the 31-year-old that they will meet his demands and it now looks as though he is more likely to leave than stay.

It has left Wenger looking urgently for a potential successor as he would be left with only Carl Jenkinson for next season if Sagna does indeed depart as expected.

One player Wenger is looking to sign is Chambers, who has had an impressive season for Southampton this season.

At only 19, Chambers has made 21 Premier League appearances and has successfully dislodged Nathaniel Clyne form the position under Mauricio Pochettino.

Wenger believes the England under-19 international can be a long-term replacement for Sagna and would help him achieve his aim of developing a British core within the squad.

Jenkinson himself has not developed in the way Wenger had hoped when he signed him from Charlton in 2011 and has been linked with a move away.

Newcastle are believed to be keen to take him on loan for a season but, with Sagna set to leave too, Wenger would have to sign two full-backs in the summer transfer window.

They have also been linked with a £7m move for Frankfurt star Sebastian Jung.

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