Bacary Sagna
Sagna is expected to sign a three-year deal at CityReuters

Bacary Sagna will join Premier League champions Manchester City when his contract with Arsenal expires this summer, claims the player's agent.

The French defender, who joined the Gunners from Auxerre for €9 million in 2007, has been heavily linked to the Citizens since last month, though the 31-year-old had stated that he has not decided on his next destination.

However, Sagna's representative Laurent Gutsmuth has now revealed that the Frenchman will join the Premier League champions this summer.

"He should be signing for Manchester City," the agent told

Gutsmuth also stated that his client was approached by Inter Milan, Napoli and Galatasaray as well.

"It's true that we were contacted [by Napoli], but for information only. We never spoke about figures."

Sagna, who made 284 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, is expected to sign a three-year contract at the Etihad.

The Gunners were desperately trying to persuade Sagna to sign a new deal and continue at the Emirates but negotiations broke down after the 31-year-old's wage demands were not met. It is understood that Sagna wanted to see his £60,000-a-week salary rise to £100,000 but the north London club were only willing to offer him £80,000 per week.

And hence, Sagna, who is currently with France preparing for the World Cup, was eager to make a move away from the Emirates, in search of better prospects.

The free transfer will also benefit City as they are looking to get players on the cheap, after UEFA imposed a restricted £49m summer transfer budget on them as a punishment for breaching the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule.

Meanwhile, City and Arsenal are understood to be keeping tabs on Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton.

The 18-year-old was Brighton's third choice goalkeeper last season but he attracted a lot of attention, following his impressive performances for England in the U-19s European Championship qualification stages.

And Walton's father claims both City and Arsenal are interested in signing his son, who could become Brighton's new no.1 this season, following the departure of Tomasz Kuszczak.

"A number of clubs have been watching Christian. Arsenal are one and we know Man City are keen. He did extremely well in his three games for England, which has attracted some interest from clubs," Sky Sports quoted Walton's father.