Manchester City are braced for a last minute hijack of their move to sign Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna as he calls it quits on his Emirates career.
The Frenchman is set to embrace a new challenge in the new season after talks to extend his stay in London hit a nadir.
The Gunners were loathed to meet his demands for a three-year contract worth £100,000-per-week week, with Arsene Wenger only willing to offer him a two-year deal encompassing a £95,000-per-week with an optional additional third year. The club was hopeful that he could make a dramatic U-turn and agree the proposed terms after their FA Cup triumph, but his departure seems imminent at the moment.
The Citizens are odds on favourites to land him but Italian outfit Napoli are reportedly readying and eleventh hour improved offer which is slightly higher than City's £150,000 a week to lure the Frenchman to the Estadio San Paolo. The player's agent Laurent Gutsmuth revealed that the Naples had made inquiries on the player's contract situation as they calibrate their offer. He was non-committal with regards to the 31-year-old's much anticipated move to the Etihad stadium.
He said: "It is true we have been contacted, but for information only, he should sign for City. "
Rafael Benitez has been a long term admirer of the former Auxerre wing-back as he has been keeping tabs on the situation of his contract over the last season with reports earlier in January indicating that he was ready to submit a £6m offer. Even though the advances from Italy are being uttered in hushed tones, they should not be downplayed considering the manner in which they snatched Gonzalo Higuain from Arsenal's noses last summer.
The French international joined the Gunners in August 2007 from Auxierre in deal worth £6m and has represented the club 213 times, scoring four goals. He is currently in the France national team's training camp in preparation for the World Cup as Didier Deschamps' charges ready themselves to take on the likes of Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador in group E.
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