Arsenal will have to contend with further competition if they want to land one of the players they have pencilled in as possible Bacary Sagna replacements come the summer.
The Gunners stalwart looks likely to depart Emirates Stadium come the summer when his contract runs out, as no new deal has been agreed. Manchester City, Fenerbahce and Paris Saint-Germain have all been mooted as possible destinations and manager Arsene Wenger hinted that Sagna wanted to leave the club, claiming contract talks were "not progressing".
Contingency plans will be in place to replace Sagna and Talksport claim one of these options is also being eyed up by both Fiorentina and Inter Milan. According to the report, Wenger's scouts have been impressed with Sime Vrsaljko's first season in Italian football and see him as a possible target to fill the hole left if Sagna departs.
Arsenal moving for Vrsaljko could be a risk as Sagna would take a great deal of experience with him should he leave and, at only 22 years old, the Croatian could struggle with so much responsibility at such a large club. However, it could mean bad news for one of Carl Jenkinson or Hector Bellerin if Wenger is also eyeing another, more established, candidate to come in.
Jenkinson has been the understudy for Sagna since moving to Arsenal from Charlton in 2011 and has impressed in patches, even winning an England cap in the process, but has failed to convince regularly enough to suggest he could step in if the 31-year-old goes. Meanwhile, Bellerin has been impressing in the youth ranks and, at 19, may be expecting to begin getting more involved in the first team if he is to have a future at Emirates Stadium.
Vrsaljko has made himself a regular for Genoa after moving there from Dinamo Zagreb last summer and has looked at home in the traditionally defensive Italian top flight. A move to one of Arsenal, Fiorentina or Inter Milan would represent huge progression in his career in a very short time.
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