According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is preparing a shock bid for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna in order to strengthen his defence before the closing of the transfer window.
Sagna has established himself as a regular part of the Arsenal set-up, however following the departure of Cesc Fabregas, and with Samir Nasri’s move to Manchester City seemingly inevitable, questions are being raised over whether or not this Arsenal side are capable of mounting any real challenge domestically this season, and have been tipped by many to miss out on a top four finish.
Arsene Wenger will be strongly opposed to the sale of any more of his star players, but as we have seen with both Fabregas and (potentially) Nasri, if the valuation of the player is met, and he no longer wants to be at the club, then there is very little the Arsenal boss can do to keep hold of them. Though Sagna has not expressed a desire to leave the Emirates, as we have seen with the likes of Modric, Fabregas, and Nasri, the interest of another club often proves to be the cause of such a desire.
Throughout the summer window Redknapp has discussed his intent to bring in some fresh faces at White Hart Lane, and has also insisted the funds are available for such transfers. After luring William Gallas across to North London last season, the Spurs boss is keen to do the same with Sagna, with reports suggesting the 28-year-old would be prepared to make the move after six years without silverware with the Gunners.
Sagna is believed to be one of the senior players at Arsenal disheartened by the clubs decision to allow Fabregas and Nasri to seek their football elsewhere, and will need assurances that this Arsenal side will be able to challenge for, at the very least, a top four finish. Although Wenger now has the funds to bring in new players, he has generally refused to spend ‘big’ in the transfer market and some fans will be unsure as to whether or not adequate replacements for those who have left the club will be found by August 31st.
A move across North-London is always a brave one for a player to make, and only intensifies what is already a bitter rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham fans. However, as we have seen in the past with Sol Campbell, and more recently with William Gallas, if the offer is appealing to both club and player, there is no reason to dismiss the possibility of such a move occurring. However, Arsenal cannot afford to become a ‘selling club’ and must find suitable replacements for those who have already left the club before they even contemplate the sale of another key players – failure to do so could result in a season to forget for the red half of North-London.
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