Bacary Sagna admits there is a 90 per cent chance he will leave Arsenal this summer, with a lucrative move to Manchester City looking increasingly likely. The out-of-contract France international insists he has no agreement with the Premier League champions, but wants his future sorted before next month’s World Cup finals get underway.
The 31-year-old, who has spent the last seven years with the Gunners, is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Citizens worth a reported £150,000-a-week. However, Sagna is adamant that reports suggesting a deal has already been reached are premature.
"I have not signed with anybody, agreed with no-one," Sagna told La Parisien. "All the English media are sending me to Manchester City, but I don't have any agreement with them or with anyone else. I have never set foot there. Several European and English clubs have contacted me. Certain talks have gone further than others and Manchester City are among them.
"But today, I'm still an Arsenal player. It would be good to have everything sorted out before the World Cup, on which I am now completely focused”
Sagna, however, conceded it is far more likely he will leave the Emirates Stadium this summer. The French right-back gives himself just a 10 per cent chance of still being a Gunners’ player come the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
"Today, there's a 90% chance I will leave and 10% that I will stay. I have been asking myself that question for a long time, and it's the time for a new challenge," he added. "Arsenal is an extraordinary club that has given me the chance to grow, both in sporting and human terms. It's a family club, I feel good here. I've had some very good years here."
As well as Manchester City, Sagna has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea. However, City are firm favourites to land the defender, who faces a tough battle to cement the right-back berth at the Etihad Stadium: Argentina international Pablo Zabaleta has arguably been the best Premier League player in his position over the last two seasons.