Bacary Sagna eyeing fresh challenge following Manchester City release
French defender Bacary Sagna has captured interest from the Premier League and abroad as he prepares to join a fresh club for the ongoing season.
The 34-year-old right-back is currently available on a free transfer after he was released by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
According to The Mail, the veteran has been working alone over the summer and believes that his intense regime will put him in good stead to pursue a fresh club this month. Both West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion have fielded interest in the Euro 2016 finalist, but the right-back is more likely to move abroad.
Sagna earned a weekly package of around £110,000 a week during his time at the Etihad, and he is prepared to take a significant wage cut in order to prolong his professional career. While he would receive a decent package in the Premier League, the France international has discussed the possibility of moving to a fresh nation with the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Benfica keen on his services.
Serie A club Torino have also been credited with an interest in the former Arsenal man but he may think twice before making the move following the moderate success of former Manchester City teammate Joe Hart on loan. Sagna won just the FA Cup during his seven-year spell with Arsenal between 2007 and 2014, and this urged him to move to the Citizens, where he hoped to achieve Premier League glory.
However, his three seasons were rather disappointing with just a League Cup to boost - whilst his former club Arsenal went on to win two FA Cups and three Community Shields without him. At 34, Sagna very well knows that he has only one big club move in store, and he is due to make a decision on his future in the next few days.