According to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian giants Inter Milan have joined the race for Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna after new owner Erick Thohir has made substantial transfer funds available for the summer window.
The Nerazzurri chairman recently confirmed Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was on the verge of agreeing a deal to join Inter in the summer, and it appears another Premier League star could follow in his footsteps.
The 31-year-old has been a valuable cog in the Gunners machine for a number of years, making over 200 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side. Sagna’s contract is set to expire in the summer and Arsenal look unlikely to offer the three-year extension that the defender wants, offering a two-year deal instead.
The Frenchman is also wanted by a number of Europe’s top sides, and should Inter fail to sign Sagna, they are reported to be looking at Hoffenheim’s Andreas Beck and Twente full-back Roberto Rosales.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Inter are also interested in another Manchester United defender, this time left-back Patrice Evra.
The 32 year old will also be out of contract at United in June and so far there are no indications of an extension being offered. Even if one is offered, it is only like to be a one-year extension in accordance with United’s policy of offering one-year extensions to players older than 30.
Inter are looking to lure the Frenchman to Milan with the kind of lucrative, longer-term deal that has persuaded Vidic to swap Old Trafford for the San Siro with sources close to the club having revealed that Evra and Sagna are top of manager Walter Mazzarri’s shopping list.
United’s interest in Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and, previously, Everton’s Leighton Baines has been seen as a clear indication that David Moyes is ready to replace Evra. The Frenchman spoke briefly about the situation following United’s Champions League defeat to Olympiacos on Tuesday night.
‘My love will not change for the club,’ he said. ‘I love Manchester. When my love will be broken with Manchester, I will study the possibilities.’