Arsenal enter crunch contract talks with Bacary Sagna

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Bacary Sagna and Arsenal will sit down one final time to try to break the deadlock in contract talks, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Arsenal right-back is out of contract in the summer and is free to leave the Emirates once his current deal expires. Sagna is reportedly demanding a three-year deal worth a staggering £100,000-a-week and a £6m signing-on fee.

So far Arsenal officials have failed to come close to matching his demands with reports suggesting a two-year deal worth £60,000-a-week was as far as Arsene Wenger would go. With Sagna thought to have bigger offers from other clubs, it is looking more and more likely that the 31-year-old will depart north London in the summer.

However, Arsenal have not given up on keeping their French stalwart yet and are preparing one final round of talks to try to conquer the impasse that has so far plagued negotiations. Although the two parties lie so far from an agreement, there remains a hope that Sagna can meet the Gunners somewhere in the middle.

But while Arsenal are trying to haggle over the price, Inter Milan, Monaco & Galatasaray are all prepared to give Sagna what he wants with Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio already opening initial talks with the French international.

Arsenal will enter the summer transfer window with the emphasis on signing attacking players. Both Julian Draxler and Alvaro Morata are thought to be high on Wenger's list but Sagna's departure could halt those plans.

Sagna's departure would mean Wenger would have to concentrate on signing a replacement and risk missing out on his top transfer targets.

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