The Irish Mail on Sunday

United are aiming to hijack City’s bid for Gunners’ French defender Sagna

- By Sami Mokbel

MANCHESTER United are poised to go head-to-head with Manchester City for Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.

The Mail on Sunday understand­s that overtures from Old Trafford have been made to the player’s representa­tives over the last 48 hours. Sagna, however, will hold formal talks with City next week with a view to signing a four-year deal worth a minimum of £100,000 per week

They are well advanced in their interest in the France internatio­nal — but United are also now set to step in in a bid to pip their rivals to his signing.

Incoming United manager Louis van Gaal, whose official appointmen­t is likely to be announced either tomorrow or Tuesday, has identified Sagna as the man he wants to contest the right-back slot with Rafael.

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