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Reports: Chelsea set to beat Manchester United to the signing of 34-year-old defender

Modified 19 Dec 2019, 10:50 IST

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho
Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho are both set to make surprise moves for the former Manchester City star

What's the story?

It seems like Chelsea's transfer window is just going from bad to worse. After missing out on signing Romelu Lukaku, the Blues were dealt another blow when it was revealed that Liverpool had beaten them to the signing of Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, things might just start to be looking up for the Premier League Champions as latest reports from The Metro claim that Antonio Conte is close to sealing deal for free-agent Bacary Sagna.

The 34-year-old former Manchester City and Arsenal player was released by Pep Guardiola's side at the end of last season. Immensely experienced at the top level, Sagna will definitely provide a viable alternative to Victor Moses in the right-wing back role.

Manchester United are also keen on Sagna, but it looks like the Blues are in pole position to complete the signing of the out of contract French international.

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Bacary Sagna
Future Chelsea star?

Although out of contract, Sagna is still one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and capable of doing a job when called upon. Part of the French national team at the moment, the 34-year-old will be glad that clubs of the caliber of Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in securing his signature.

A Premier League veteran, Sagna has more than 350 appearances in the top flight and will definitely add some tactical nous and experience to Antonio Conte's side.

Also read: Liverpool reportedly beat Chelsea to sign €44m midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain

The heart of the matter

Conte has been desperately looking to provide cover for Moses on the right-hand side. After missing out on targets like Alex Sandro and Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Italian is determined to complete the signing of Sagna without any issues.

Manchester United boss Mourinho is also reportedly interested in providing competition to Antonio Valencia for the right-back role, although Chelsea seem keener of the two to complete the transfer.


Also read: 5 most expensive deadline day transfers by Premier League clubs


Author's take

With time running out in the transfer market, the signing of Bacary Sagna seems to make perfect sense for Chelsea. The Blues are in desperate need to strengthen their squad and it is definitely worth signing the French international on a free transfer as the 34-year-old already has immense Premier League experience.

Also read: Portugal and Bayern star Sanches close to Swansea switch

Published 31 Aug 2017, 10:51 IST
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