Inter Milan are hoping that they will be able to convince Arsenal to part with defender Bacary Sagna in the summer transfer window.

The France international is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered on the final day of last season against Norwich and is hoping to return to first team action in the coming weeks.

Bacary Sagna
Sagna in action last season against Manchester City [Reuters]

It was the second time that Sagna had suffered such a nasty injury, having broken his leg when playing against north London rivals Tottenham earlier in the season.

Sagna has only recently returned to training, but it seems Inter are hoping that they will be able to convince him to leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Daily Mail has reported that Sagna is a top target for the Serie A side who have relied heavily on captain Javier Zanetti in that position ever since signing him all the way back in 1995.

However, the Argentinean is now 39 years old and Inter may well be beginning to look at possible alternatives for a player who has served the club so well.

A report in Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claims that Inter have been monitoring the progress of Sagna since his return from injury.

Sagna is still under contract at the Emirates until 2014 but he did come under scrutiny from manager Arsene Wenger when he questioned the decision to allow Alex Song to move to Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has been virtually irreplaceable at Arsenal since signing from Auxerre back in the summer of 2007 but now has competition from youngster Carl Jenkinson.

The former Charlton defender has impressed while deputising for the injured Sagna, who has had nothing but kinds words for the youngster.

Sagna said: "He has been really good, and has learned a lot. He is a bit more confident with the ball, and is very solid as a defender."