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Arsenal have bid rejected for Juanfran

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Arsenal are reported to have seen a bid for Juanfran rebuffed by Atletico Madrid as Arsene Wenger steps up his pursuit of a right-back. Bacary Sagna confirmed on Thursday that he has played his final game for the club, and the acquisition of a proven player to replace the Frenchman has become as summer priority.

Juanfran, it would appear, is among the players under consideration with regards to succeeding Sagna, and The Mirror claims that the FA Cup winners have made a formal approach for the player. The Gunners reportedly proposed a £9 million deal, only for Atletico to reject.

The 29-year-old played a prominent role during Atletico’s remarkable season, making 35 starts in La Liga as the club achieved a first title triumph for 18 years. Juanfran also played 12 times in the Champions League as Atletico's pursuit of European glory was ended at the final hurdle by city rivals Real Madrid.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal decided to return with an improved offer for the Spain international but, of course, recruiting a right-sided defender remains very much at the top of Wenger’s list of priorities for the transfer window.

Sagna departs the Emirates Stadium after seven seasons of service for Arsenal, and Manchester City are expected to confirm the signing of the 31-year-old on a free transfer in the coming weeks.

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