Bacary Sagna emerges as shock Chelsea and Manchester United target - Is a move possible?
In one of the most surprising rumours of deadline day, the Daily Star say that Chelsea and Manchester United are both considering moves for former Manchester City man Bacary Sagna, whose contract expired at the end of June and currently finds himself without a club.
What would Sagna bring to Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford?
At 34-years-old, Sagna would bring huge experience at a high level in the Premier League. Having played for two of the Premier League’s top six sides, he certainly knows what it takes to compete and could share that with youngsters looking to establish themselves at either club.
He is also a strong all round defender. Once praised for his attacking contribution, known for his good deliveries into the box, he is also consistent and reliable defensively. That could appeal to the likes of Chelsea who are looking for someone who can perform in both of those roles.
Is a move likely?
From Sagna’s end, he’ll be desperately looking for a new club and will be fully aware of the fact that he may be left looking for scraps at a mediocre club if he doesn’t get signed up today. The opportunity to remain in Manchester, where he was with Manchester City, or return to London where he previously played for Arsenal should also appeal.
For Chelsea, they are clearly on the look out for someone to compete with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso in the wing-back roles. However, at Sagna’s age he is unlikely to have the athleticism to produce top quality displays in the position on a frequent basis and it seems unlikely he will be high on their list of targets.
From Manchester United’s point of view, it seems unlikely. With Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian already two established right-backs, with the likes of Daley Blind, Ashley Young and Axel Tuanzebe providing cover, they are well stocked in that position. If it was a priority, they would surely have moved earlier in the transfer window.