Former West Ham goalkeeper ShakaHislop believes that Antonio Conte could pursue the services of free-agent Bacary Sagna.
The France international has been on the search for a new club ever since his release from Manchester City at the end of last season.
The English champions were keen on signing the right-back on deadline day, but they could still snap up his signature outside of the transfer window as he is still out-of-contract. Speaking on ESPN FC, Hislop admitted that Conte could find a place for Sagna in his squad after having turned former outcast Victor Moses into a Premier League winner.
He said: “Quite clearly he was surplus to requirements at Manchester City. I’ll say this, ordinarily, I would have said no. But I’m going to say yes. Antonio Conte turned Victor Moses into a Premier League-winning player. Now he hopped around and in my opinion probably showed less promise than Bacary Sagna. If Conte can find a system to suit Moses, there is no question in my mind that Conte can find a system to suit anybody. You and I still have a chance of making a career under Conte.”
Sagna spent three seasons with Manchester City where he racked 54 league appearances, but he could not secure any valuable silverware other than the League Cup. Prior to that, the 34-year-old was with Blues’ rivals Arsenal, who were on a barren trophyless spell until the FA Cup triumph in 2014.
The former Auxerre graduate has also received offers from the likes of West Ham United, Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, although it is reported that he would prefer a move to a challenge in a new league. Sagna has also earned 65 caps with France in a decade-long career, but his chances of a comeback look relatively slim with the likes of Djibril Sidibe and Christophe Jallet ahead of him in the pecking order.