Anfield director of football hopes to lure Emirates Stadium contract rebel to Merseyside.
Liverpool’s pursuit of a new left back is well documented, the likes of Newcastle United’s Jose Enrique and Everton full back Leighton Baines are often linked with a move to Anfield, but now it seems that Arsenal contract rebel Gael Clichy may be the most likely signing.
Sources have stated that Kenny Dalglish is keen on snapping up Clichy after it became clear that the Arsenal man would not be handed the huge pay hike he was looking to receive. Reports suggest that the full back wanted a large increase on his reported £50k a week salary and that Arsene Wenger is not willing to budge on the matter.
Indeed the Emirates Stadium boss dropped the French international from Sunday’s match at Stoke City, further fuelling rumours that the North London club would seek to cash in on a player who has just one year left to run on his current contract.
Reports suggest that Arsenal will be looking to sell the former Cannes man for a fee in the region of £7m rather than losing a player who arrived at the club in 2003, for nothing in the summer of 2012.
The Merseyside club will hope that director of football Damien Comolli will be able to convince the 25 year old that Liverpool are a side on the up and capable of challenging for major honours and qualification for the Champions League.
Comolli is highly connected with all levels of French football and was credited with the discovery of Clichy when he was a European scout for Arsenal some years ago. The Liverpool director of football apparently still enjoys a close relationship with Arsene Wenger and also helped to bring the likes of Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue to the club and that link may help Kenny Dalglish to secure the talented attack minded defender.