Arsenal star tipped to join Anzhi this summer

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Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could leave north London 'for the right price' this summer, according to Andrei Kanchelskis.

Russian daily newspaper Izvestia reports how domestic giants Anzhi Makhachkala have been credited with an interest in the France international's signature, and are planning to make a bid for the 30-year-old at the end of the Premier League season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held discussions with Sagna about extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium, with the full-back's current contract set to expire in 2014.

However, with neither club or player's representatives able to reach agreement, speculation continues to swirl that Sagna will leave Arsenal in the summer, and Anzhi could be the perfect opportunity to continue his career.

"During his years of performing in the Premier League, Sagna has proven that he is a class player," said Kanchelskis. "The Frenchman is very quick and can connect the defence with the attack for 90 minutes.

"I am not sure that Wenger will want to let go of the player, but if Anzhi can make Arsenal a generous offer, the English club may not be able to resist."

Sagna has been a virtual ever-present since arriving at Arsenal from Auxerre in 2007, but has suffered from a succession of injuries over the past couple of seasons.

Having now regained full fitness, the right-back has re-established himself in Wenger's starting XI, but could still depart the club when the transfer window reopens on July 1, if he fails to put pen to paper on a new deal.


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