French side Bastia have turned their attentions elsewhere after their president admitted Sebastien Squillaci’s wage demands are ‘too expensive’ for the Ligue 1 team.
Squillaci, whose contract expires next summer, moved to Emirates Stadium on a three-year deal in 2010 and was deemed surplus to manager Arsene Wenger’s plans last summer but a permanent move never came to fruition despite tentative interest from AS Monaco.
The 31-year-old is expected to have his Arsenal contract terminated by mutual agreement soon, while a selection of French teams’ including Bastia make approaches for the experienced centre back.
However, Squillaci’s excessive wage demands have scared many interested clubs off with Bastia’s president Pierre-Marie Geronimi admitting to French radio station RMC that they’ve turned their attentions to cheaper defensive options instead.
Ex-Sevilla centre back Squillaci has made just 23 appearances since arriving from Spain in 2010.
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