Arsenal close to Bacary Sagna agreement over new contract

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Arsenal and Bacary Sagna made good progress in fresh talks over a new contract and the France international is close to agreeing a new deal to stay on at Emirates Stadium.

According to a report, Gunners officials set up a new round of talks with Sagna's representatives recently and are confident that a breakthrough has been made. The 31-year-old's current deal expires come the end of the season and he had been linked with a number of other Premier League clubs.

As his deal is within the last six months of its expiration Sagna is entitled to agree a pre-contract agreement with another club, but Arsenal are now hopeful he will reject any other advances. He has been with the north London side since joining from Auxerre in 2007 and hase become one of the most consistent performers in that time.

Losing Sagna would be a huge blow to manager Arsene Wenger as he would be taking a great deal of experience with him and creating a large hole in a back five that have been mostly excellent over the past year. However, it looks like Wenger's close involvement in the new talks have made a difference and a deal is in sight.

What has also made a difference has been the Gunners' original two-year £75,000-a-week offer, which was short of Sagna's original demands for a three-year deal worth £100,000-a-week, being enhanced to the option of a third year and various bonuses added. It appears this movement from Arsenal added to Sagna's desire to keep his family in London where they are settled could see an agreement be made.

The report claims Arsenal's contingency plan in the eventuality of Sagna leaving involved Frankfurt right-back Sebastian Jung. However, they have also been linked with Toulouse youngster Serge Aurier in recent weeks.

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