Bacary Sagna will complete his long-awaited switch to Manchester City when his contract at Arsenal expires at the end of this month, it has been confirmed.
The French defender has spent the last seven seasons with the Gunners, racking up 284 appearances for the club - but has opted to turn down the offer of a contract extension in north London and join the reigning Premier League champions instead.
Manchester City said in a statement: "Manchester City are delighted to announce that Bacary Sagna will join the Club for next season.
"The 31-year-old full-back will complete his transfer from Arsenal on a three year contract following the World Cup in Brazil, where he is currently on duty with the French squad."
The news will hardly come as a surprise to Arsenal fans, who have been preparing for Sagna's exit for sometime following the breakdown of contract negotiations between both parties.
Various reports have suggested that Sagna wanted a three-year deal and wages of over £100,000-per-week, with Arsenal seemingly only willing to offer a two-year extension. Arsene Wenger had previously been optimistic of tying down the 31-year-old to a new deal, however by the time of the Gunners' FA Cup win against Hull last month it was clear that the former Auxerre player was using the occasion to say farewell.
For Arsenal their attention will now turn to securing a replacement, with Carl Jenkinson unlikely to be the man to step up and fill the space. It seems as though Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier is the man for the job. It's no surprise seeing Wenger look to Ligue 1 for a new player, and reports say that an offer of £7 million will do the trick.
The 21-year-old made 34 appearances for his club last season and will feature at the World Cup for the Ivory Coast - where a strong showing could bump up his value considerably.
Manchester City meanwhile now have three right-backs on their books in Sagna, Aleksander Kolarov and Micah Richards. The latter has seen his game time dwindle to nothing and has been linked with a move away.
Although selling him would be the logical thing to do for Manchester City they may look to keep hold of him in order to meet the "home grown" criteria set by UEFA that every club must abide by. Of course if they can get a good price from a rival then that would also help them in the eyes of UEFA; the Citizens are restricted to spending £49 million this summer - plus any transfer fees they can generate by selling players.
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