Bacary Sagna subject of late Manchester United transfer interest

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Manchester United will go head-to-head with local rivals Manchester City for the signature of want-away Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.

The Mail on Sunday reports how Louis van Gaal has set his sights on a free transfer move for the France international, who had looked set to pen a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's best attempts to keep Sagna at the Emirates next season, the 31-year-old has decided against signing a new contract in north London, and will instead leave the club on a Bosman free this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini has shown a keen interest in bringing the right-back to Manchester City, to provide competition for Pablo Zabaleta ahead of the impending departure of Micah Richards.

However, Holland head coach Van Gaal - who is expected to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford after the World Cup - has ordered Red Devils representatives to make contact with the Frenchman's camp to sound out the possibility of a potential switch to Manchester United.

Sagna would likely find first-team football easier to come by in the red half of Manchester, with Rafael the main competition for a starting spot on the right side of defence.

Overtures are understood to have been made within the past 48 hours, but Manchester City remain the favourites to secure Sagna's services with formal talks planned in the next week.

The defender is keen to resolve his future before heading off to Brazil next month, in order to avoid any distractions when he begins preparations with Didier Deschamps's side.

One thing is certain is that Sagna looks to have played his last game in an Arsenal shirt, signing off in style as the Gunners lifted the FA Cup following a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory over Hull City at Wembley on Saturday.

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