Arsenal line up Clyne to replace Sagna

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Arsenal will consider a move for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne if, as expected, the out-of-contract Bacary Sagna leaves the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Southampton could lose several of their star players this summer, along with manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Clyne may follow the likes of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana out of St Mary's if Sagna refuses to sign a new deal with the Gunners. The France international, whose contract expires this summer, has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, who are offering the 31-year-old a huge £100,000-a-week deal.

Clyne, a former England Under-21 international, may not have grabbed as many headlines as the Saints' left-back Shaw this season, but his impressive performances have not gone unnoticed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, according to the Express.

Manchester United were interested in signing Clyne back in 2012, but the full-back later admitted he rejected the Red Devils in order to play regular first-team football with Southampton. The 23-year-old would almost certainly become Arsenal's first-choice right-back if he joined the Gunners this summer, despite Carl Jenkinson's improvement as a player over the last 12 months.

Southampton will be desperate to keep Clyne at St Mary's for next season - particularly with Shaw on the brink of a move to Old Trafford - but a significant offer from Arsenal may force the south-coast club into selling the reliable right-back, who has made 25 Premier League appearances this season.

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