Emirates full back could make White Hart Lane or Anfield move.
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Gael Clichy could attempt to force through a controversial move to Arsenal’s bitter local rivals Spurs or Liverpool amid rumours that talks over a new contract have broken down.
The talented French full-back is rumoured to be a target for several clubs in Europe as well – including Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona – after speculation over the failed negotiations leaked out.
Clichy’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2012.
But with England international Kieron Gibbs showing signs of developing into a long-term successor on the left-side of defence, manager Arsene Wenger may let Clichy go rather than lose him on a free transfer in 15 months’ time.
The 25-year-old’s agent is said to have walked away from the negotiating table after becoming frustrated at Arsenal’s lack of movement over wages.
As a result, he could either try to force the club’s hand by initiating preliminary talks with both Spurs and Liverpool – or even try to set up a permanent move in what would be a contentious development.
There has been a great deal of speculation about the Arsenal future of French full back Gael Clichy, in fact over the past 18 months the 25 year old has consistently been linked with an Emirates exit and it seems that the chances of such an eventuality is growing by the day.
Kieran Gibbs is a ready made and very able replacement for Clichy and perhaps that is why the North London club may have offered Clichy a deal that did not greatly please the former Cannes man? Either way it seems that Liverpool and Tottenham are now on the case and whilst a move away from the Premier League seems more likely that will not stop either side looking to capture a left back who is clearly of great quality.
Liverpool could well do with a new left back with Glen Johnson covering in that role in recent weeks with Emiliano Insua set to be out of contract in the summer and Paul Konchesky likely to have played his last game for the club a move for the Toulouse born wing back would be a clever one. Kenny Dalglish does also have Fabio Aurelio to play in that position but the Brazilian seems unlikely to be first choice at Anfield.
Harry Redknapp is also very interested and may look to replace Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto and the idea of playing Clichy behind Gareth Bale sounds mouthwatering to say the least. The White Hart Lane club have of course taken former Arsenal players in the recent past with David Bentley and William Gallas being the most recent examples of that occurrence.
There is of course reported interest from Real Madrid and a plethora of Serie A club supposedly circling Clichy and the summer will surely see speculation grow and unless Arsenal put another offer on the table they may well bid farewell to the club’s longest serving player after almost eight years at the club during which time he has amassed over 250 appearances for the North London club.