Arsenal has made Borussia Dortmund’s right back Lukasz Piszczek their priority transfer as Bacary Sagna replacement.
English newspaper The Metro has revealed today that the Gunners are currently in negotiations with Sagna over a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire in the summer.
And despite talks initially progressing well, the full-back has since spoken to other clubs, and Arsenal are worried he may be tempted by bigger money offers elsewhere.
Arsene Wenger still hopes Sagna will sign up to the future, but he is planning for life if the player leaves, with Dortmund ace Piszczek now a top target.
The Frenchman, who is said to be a summer target for Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, is considering whether or not he should stay at the Emirates and Arsenal are concerned that the defender could be looking to make an exit in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old is rated as one of the best right-back’s in the world, with Real Madrid and PSG both watching him in recent months.
Piszczek is said to be growing frustrated with top players constantly departing Dortmund, and a summer transfer is on the cards.
Arsenal value the Pole at about £7million and believe he would provide vital experience to the back four, whilst not hampering the development of England Under-21 star Carl Jenkinson.
The Poland international, who is valued highly by both his club and country, wouldn’t come cheap, however, with Arsenal’s valuation of £7m unlikely to convince the German outfit to part company with Piszczek. Dortmund would likely hold out for much more, with the right-back’s current club likely to ask for a substantially higher amount from interested parties. But with Carl Jenkinson still inexperienced, Arsenal would be in desperate need of a replacement if Sagna were to leave the club and would likely go all out in a bid to beat their rivals and acquire the defender.
Arsenal attempt to clear both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain for Swansea match
Arsenal have attempted to clear Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to play against Swansea City on Tuesday night by launching a double appeal over their farcical case of mistaken identity. Referee Andre Marriner confused Gibbs for Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s 6-0 defeat against Chelsea.
Referee Andre Marriner confused Gibbs for Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s 6-0 defeat against Chelsea and, despite the protests of both players, dismissed Arsenal’s left-back for a diving handball.
Marriner’s mistake has prompted renewed calls for video replays to become available to referees – or at least the fourth official. Although Marriner was helped in radio conversation with his assistants over the handling of the ball, they did not spot his error in dismissing Gibbs.
Marriner has expressed his “disappointment” to Arsenal over the decision, though could be dropped.