Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has confirmed his club’s interest in signing Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna when his contract expires in the summer.
Sagna, who joined Arsenal in 2007 is yet to agree to a contract extension at the Emirate Stadium.
Thohir told reporters in Milan: “We’re interested in Sagna because we need to balance the team.”
“Right now we only have (Yuto) Nagamoto and Jonathan. If one of them get injured you need somebody else to come in.”
Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City are also linked with the French player, who has made 275 appearances since joining the ‘Gunners’.
“If Sagna decided to stay in England, we’d understand and in that case we might bring in a young player from our academy,” Thohir added in an interview on the club’s website.
With Inter having already inked a deal with Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, Thohir revealed that he had not had any contact with the Serbian’s Old Trafford teammate Patrice Evra.
“(Patrice) Evra? We have had no contact for him,” he clarified.
He is however not ruling out a move for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres or Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko.
Asked about Inter’s interest in Torres and Dzeko, Thohir said: “What I said is that we need someone up top. The media have written about those players and I mentioned that one of them would be good for Inter.”