Gael Clichy is ready to shrug off interest from Roma in an attempt to force a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool this summer, according to several sources.
The Serie A outfit are preparing to hijack Liverpool’s bid to sign the French left-back by trumping their opening bid of £5 million and offer £7 million for the players services. However, Clichy, Arsenal’s longest serving player, would prefer a switch to the Merseyside club and they appear determined to sign him this summer as well.
The Frenchman’s stance leaves the Gunners in a difficult position bearing in mind his current contract only has 12 months left to run.
It is understood that Arsene Wenger wants to sell the France international abroad, and is eyeing up Newcastle’s Jose Enrique as a potential replacement. However, the Gunners chief may ultimately have to sell Clichy to Liverpool, as the 25-year-old clearly indicated his desire to join the club if sold by Arsenal.
But should Wenger be worried about selling Clichy to Liverpool, or should he just let him leave for the right price?
To be honest with you, I can see why he would be reluctant to sell him to another Premier League club, especially a club like Liverpool, who in my opinion will be a much stronger side this season. However, if the deal is right, then why shouldn’t we sell him to the Reds?
The only thing that concerns me is – why are we selling our players for such little money? I know his contract is virtually up, but £5 million is nowhere near what we should sell him for.
Personally, I believe Wenger should let Clichy go, but for the right price.
The Frenchman obviously doesn’t want to continue his journey with Arsenal. However, I strongly believe that Wenger should acquire a replacement before selling him, just to be on the safe side.
I can see Wenger offloading Clichy, and then completely fail to sign anyone as a replacement, which could potentially leave us short in this position up until January – let’s just hope this doesn’t happen.
But in regards to the question at hand, I truly believe the Gunners should sell the player at the best price this summer.
Is there any potential danger of selling Clichy to Liverpool this summer?
Is £5 million the right price for the left-back?
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