New Delhi: Over the years, Arsene Wenger has built some sort of a reputation for unearthing talent, nurturing it and ultimately selling it, unwillingly in most cases, as a fine football product for premium price. This philosophy makes perfect business sense but does not necessarily bode well for a top football club that is expected to win trophies each year.
Almost every season, Wenger is offered a price he can`t refuse or match for some of his finest players. From Patric Vieira to Robin van Persie, Arsenal end up losing players they have painstakingly developed to a rival club. Not winning a trophy in 9 years has not helped either.
However, each year, Wenger has addressed this problem in his own inimitable style. He has never signed a replacement for the player that has left and instead made best use of his scouting genius. His philosophy of making a "superstar" instead of buying one, has been consistent. This year is no different with Wenger set to lose yet another key player after another season without a major trophy.
With Bacary Sagna refusing to commit his future to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is trying to secure the services of Serge Aurier from Toulouse. It appears that Sagna, one of Arsenal`s stand out performers this season is contemplating a future away from North London.
The French right-back is out of contract at the end of this season and hasn`t yet accepted a 3-year contract offered to him by the club, which is why rumors are rife about his possible exit. Arsene Wenger has made several attempts to have Sagna commit to the club, but has failed to make any headway. Sagna has now informed the club of his desire to make a decision after the World Cup.
As per Alessio Alaimo of TuttoMercatoWeb in Italy, Serge Aurier, who hails from the Ivory Coast has agreed in principle to a 5-year deal with the club representatives and should be on his way to Arsenal in the summer.
Aurier fueled speculation after he posted pictures of him wearing an Arsenal jersey online. Earlier this year, Aurier`s Toulouse teammates even gifted him an Arsenal shirt with his name as a birthday present.
After his consistent performances for Toulouse in Ligue1, the right-back has been on the radar of several top clubs across Europe. Ideally, Wenger is trying to conclude the deal for Aurier before he heads to Brazil, for the World Cup with his national side.