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Manchester City are close to confirming Bacary Sagna as their first summer signing.

Less than a fortnight after clinching the Premier League title, City have moved quickly to strengthen their squad by snapping up right-back Sagna on a free transfer from Arsenal, fending off late interest from neighbours United in the process.France international Sagna, 30, is understood to have already travelled to Manchester for a medical and to finalise a three-year contract worth around £150,000 a week with add-ons and bonuses – nearly double what he was on at Arsenal, who had offered him a two-year extension.

Even though UEFA have placed a wages cap on City for breaching financial fair play rules, Sagna’s huge salary will not be a problem because Joleon Lescott and Gareth Barry’s departures at the end of their contracts mean a combined saving of over £200,000 a week.

Sagna will officially sign on July 1 when his Arsenal contract has expired and become the fifth player City have captured from the Gunners in five years, following Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure in 2009, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in 2011.

Three other former Arsenal players are also on City’s staff – under-21s coach Patrick Vieira, academy director Brian Marwood and assistant manager Brian Kidd.Sagna will share the right-back duties with Pablo Zabaleta with City boss Manuel Pellegrini keen to ease the load on the Argentina international who made 48 appearances last season, often playing with injuries.

Pellegrini wants to ‘job-share’ the right-back position in the same way the left-back slot was shared by Alexander Kolarov and Clichy who made 31 and 28 starts in all competitions last season respectively.

But Sagna’s arrival will signal the end for City’s longest-serving player Micah Richards, Zabaleta’s cover at right-back for the last two seasons.

Richards made only two Premier League starts last season and did not even qualify for a League winners’ medal. The former England international defender has already admitted he needs to relaunch his flagging career at another club where he can play regularly.

City are also ready to sell Joe Hart’s No2, Costel Pantilimon, who wants regular football, and Scott Sinclair while Jack Rodwell is likely to go out on loan next season.

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