There have been a few bizarre transfer rumours this week – for instance Manchester United chasing after Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo – but the reports that Liverpool FC are seriously pursuing Gael Clichy take the biscuit. According to TalkSPORT and Goal.com the Frenchman, who has been a mainstay in this Arsenal side since Ashley Cole’s departure in 2006, could be a Liverpool player by next season.
You can see how the cogs have turned in the heads of those who have been the purveyors of such a rumour. Gael Clichy, whose current Arsenal contract expires in 2012 has yet to sit-down and negotiate a new deal with the club. Speaking to L’Equipe, Clichy had this to say on the matter:
“Will I prolong my contract? I don’t know and I don’t think about it… The season is still long. I will have time to think about it in the summer.”
With Clichy’s future up in the air, it’s up to journalists who have to sell advertising space to create a rumour with some basis – “so”, I’m sure they asked themselves “which club is currently struggling in the full-back positions?” Which brings us of course to Liverpool. Neither Fabio Aurelio nor Paul Konchesky (now on loan at Nottingham Forest) have been able to hold down the left-back this position.
This has forced Kenny Dalglish to push Glen Johnson (who usually plays in the right-back position) over to the left, to allow Martin Kelly to play on the right. I have no doubt that Liverpool will be looking for a left-back come the summer, but I doubt they’ll spend too much time considering Gael Clichy.
For a start, why would Arsene Wenger sell Liverpool (who will almost certainly be a contender to knock Arsenal out of the top-four next season) a solution to one of their biggest problems? As a general rule (with exceptions of course) big teams do not do transfer deals with big teams from the same League.
Add to this the fact that Clichy has been given a rather arbitrary price tag of about £17-20m by media-types and any potential deal seems like a non-starter. In all likelihood Clichy will stay with the Gunners, but will leave the decision just long enough to see what potential offers come in for his services in order to give himself a better position to negotiate when it comes to agreeing terms on a new contract.
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