After reports over the weekend that Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna could be on his way out of the club this summer comes a report that Lukasz Fabianski has also rejected a new deal with the club.
Like Sagna, the Poland international is out of contract this summer and the 28-year-old has already said that he wants first-team football rather than to act as understudy to Wojciech Szczesny. It is this rather than the financial aspects of any deal that has led to him to consider a move away from the Emirates.
“With respect to this great club I didn’t accept the offer as I am looking to a new challenge in England or abroad,” Fabianski said.
Emiliano Viviano moved to Arsenal from Parma last summer and could step into Fabianski’s shoes as number two keeper if the Pole quits and Arsenal exercise their option to purchase.
Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports over the state of Sagna’s contract offer. The Daily Star claims today that Sagna is angry that an offer wasn’t made to him earlier, but the report is incorrect. Sagna received an offer early last year worth £60,000 a week – the same he earns at present – but for one year.
Sagna is reported to have described that particular offer as “disrespectful” and the club have since come back with the offer of a two-year deal worth £70,000 a week – not the £60,000 figure quoted by the Star. However, Sagna wants a three-year deal and has even been offered a four-year contract by Turkish side Galatasaray. French side Monaco have offered a three-year deal which the Star claims is worth £120,000 a week AFTER tax .
Any decision by Sagna looks set to wait until the end of the season, a move which gives Arsenal time to potentially review their offer.
Meanwhile, reports over the weekend claim Arsenal have been in secret talks with the agent of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala. That comes from the Caught Offside website.
The France international has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, but any potential bidders ought to bear in mind that Porto will play hardball over Mangala’s release clause. That stands at a whopping 50million euro (around £40million) – a figure that Manchester City refused to pay on transfer deadline day at the end of January.