Manchester United tried and failed to hijack Manchester City’s move for Bacary Sagna with an eleventh hour bid, according to the Daily Mail.
The paper claims that the Citizens have now completed the signing of the French right-back, and that the 31-year-old has successfully undertaken a medical at the club, but not before they had to fend off competition from their biggest rivals. It’s believed that by the time Louis van Gaal’s new club made their move the negotiations between City and Sagna were at such a late stage that only a disaster would have prevented the finalisation of a deal, but that didn’t stop United from trying.
The Red Devils had previously been named as surprise suitors in the race for the Gunners right-back, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium was set to expire this summer. For a long-time it was speculated whether or not he would remain in north London, having rejected various proposals from Arsenal due to their refusal to offer him what he felt he deserved salary wise.
Ultimately though it would seem that Manuel Pellegrini has not only dealt a blow to Arsene Wenger, but also scored a first victory over Van Gaal with regards to their conflicting transfer ambitions. Fans of Arsenal and United will hope it doesn’t become a growing trend.