Arsenal handed huge boost in bid to keep contract rebel

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Arsenal star Bacary Sagna has not received a formal contract offer from Manchester City despite persistent speculation that Manuel Pellegrini wants the French international, according to the Sunday Times.

Sagna is out of contract at the end of the season, with City persistently mentioned alongside European giants Inter Milan and Monaco in attempting to lure a proven Champions League commodity away from the Emirates on a free transfer this summer.

City were reported to have gazumped their rivals and indeed Arsenal by offering Sagna lucrative three-year contract as early as last month, but The Times believe that claim was wide of the mark and sporting director Txiki Begiristain is more interested in recruitment across other positions.

Begiristain wants a central defender, left-back and new star striker to arrive at the Etihad during the close season, with any deal for Sagna not viewed as a transfer priority by City thanks to the mix of experience, pace and power provided by Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards in that position.

Clubs interested in signing Sagna are free to talks terms over a Bosman move with his representatives, while Gunners boss Arsene Wenger remains hopeful that he can persuade a key figure in the dressing room to stay beyond this season.

The 31-year-old wants a wage rise and long-term contract as reward for his loyalty and consistent level of performance in North London since 2007, with talks still ongoing with the club to reach a compromise that suits both parties.

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