Arsenal on lookout for Bacary Sagna replacement

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Arsenal are on the look-out for a new right-back, as reports claim the Gunners are set to sell Bacary Sagna in the summer.


According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger has instructed his chief scouts to compile a shortlist of right-back targets, as contract talks with Sagna continue to drag on.


The Gunners have reportedly offered the France international a one-year contract extension, but Sagna is stalling on signing the deal.


The offer would extend his current contract to the summer of 2015, but the report claims it does not include any pay rise - meaning Sagna would remain on his £60,000-a-week salary.


The Frenchman has been plagued by injury problems over the last couple of seasons - suffering two broken legs - while a series of knee complaints have hindered his recovery.


And his proneness to injury is leading to caution among the Arsenal hierarchy - they reportedly are not willing to offer a longer-term, higher wage packet due to fears an injury could strike again.


And if he doesn't put pen to paper on the contract currently on the table, the Gunners could sell the Frenchman in the summer.


The report suggests Wenger has asked Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley to trawl the globe for potential replacements - and Rowley is believed to have instructed his scouting network to keep their eyes peeled for a player capable of slotting straight into the first-team ahead of next season.


Sagna has had offers to leave the Gunners before, reportedly Manchester City and Real Madrid have registered their interest, while offers from the Middle East and Russia have come forward since the Frenchman's contract wrangle came to light.


If he does decide to leave, second-choice right-back Carl Jenkinson would be expected to compete for the starting spot, but Arsenal would likely want to bring in competition for the space.


Wenger dipped into the transfer market last month to sign a first-team left-back - bringing Spain international Nacho Monreal from Malaga.


And the Spaniard went straight into the Arsenal squad to face Stoke City last weekend.

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