Arsenal should let Sagna leave for rivals after £24m ultimatum

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As the days go by it is looking more and more likely that Bacary Sagna will be leaving north London at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old has delivered seven years of solid service to Arsenal, but is struggling to agree an extension to his current contract which expires in the summer.

Reports emerged today, from the Daily Star, that Arsenal have yet to come close to matching Sagna's contract demands, believed to be worth a staggering £115,000-a-week or £6m-a-season.

Sagna also wants a three or four-year deal and a £6m signing on fee, bringing the total worth to at least £24m, taking him to his 34th or 35th birthday.

With Arsenal only willing to offer £60,000-a-week on a two-year deal, Sagna is looking closer to the Emirates exit door than ever.

So where will he go?

The main interest appears to be coming from his native France with both Monaco and PSG willing to match Sagna's demands, giving him a tidy pay day before his inevitable retirement in the summer of 2018.

But there is also interest from the Premier League with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea ready to offer Sagna much bigger terms than Arsenal are currently willing to.

David Moyes is looking less and less convinced by Rafael and could bring in a more experienced right-back to tie the Manchester United team until Rafael develops into a better player or sell the Brazilian altogether.

Jose Mourinho has more of a solid right-back in Branislav Ivanovic but taking a player away from a rival is something the Special One would love to do, with his pursuit of Wayne Rooney last summer evident to that.

Regardless of who is chasing Sagna, whether it be Moyes, Mourinho or Pellegrini, Wenger should not care because if it takes £24m to keep Sagna at the club for another three years, he should simply turn his back on the player.

Although Sagna has undoubtedly been a loyal servant to Arsenal, sticking with the club through hard times, his level of performance does not warrant such a substantial pay rise.

He has been solid this season but is prone to a lack of concentration. There was a run of five or six games towards the end of last season where he looked positively hapless, culminating in a comical incident with Robin van Persie where he lost the ball before gifting the Dutchman a penalty on his return to the Emirates.

Who is to say another longer more difficult run of bad form is not around the corner for Sagna?

Sagna is still a good player and Arsenal should do as much as they can, within reason, to keep him at the club. But the damage he can do at a Premier League rival is minimal and he is simply not worth £115,000-a-week.

If it is time for Arsenal and Sagna to part ways then so be it, he has served his time and replacing a right-back is easier than replacing a star striker like Van Persie.

Let Sagna leave and let a Premier League rival waste their money matching his outrageous demands.

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