Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has still not made his mind up over signing a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, as Paris Saint-Germain wait in the wings with a lucrative offer of their own.
Sagna has been locked in negotiations with Gunners chiefs for much of 2014 as Arsene Wenger attempts to persuade the French international that his long-term future still belongs in North London, but Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio believes those efforts have so far failed to deliver the goods.
The 31-year-old wants a hefty pay rise and three-year contract as reward for his loyalty and consistent level of performance during seven seasons in the Premier League, rather than the traditional one-year extension Wenger normally allows experienced players.
Wenger is now waiting for Sagna to give him a firm decision one way or the other, with Di Marzio reporting that PSG rather than Inter Milan or Manchester City are now the most likely suitors if he decides on a fresh challenge.
PSG are serious about bringing the veteran back to Ligue 1 and have the resources to match his wage demands, but Arsenal are still hopeful that playing the waiting game will pay off and Sagna will sign on to spend the rest of his top-level career in North London.
One factor sure to be a massive influence on Sagna's final decision is Wenger's future, with the Arsenal boss also out of contract in June and waiting to sign a new contract offered months ago by Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Wenger's commitment will likely match Sagna's, as Arsenal fans wait with baited breath to see if their longest-serving star player will stay on and press forward their hopes of challenging for the Premier League next season.