Emirates stadium boss has a decision to make.
Arsenal’s Gael Clichy is a £7million target for Italian giants Roma – with supremo Walter Sabatini heading to London for talks.
France left-back Clichy may be sold because he has yet to extend his contract.
Sabatini hopes to knock the Gunners down from their current £10 million asking price.
Sabatini is under orders to land Clichy from new boss Luis Enrique and he hopes Arsenal will take their offer, find a compromise figure or take a player in exchange.
Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic has been cleared to move if he can find a buyer at the right price – with Roma looking for a staggering £18 million.
Arsenal will be offered Vucinic too, but Wenger and the Gunners negotiators would prefer straight cash if they decide to part with Clichy.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
It seems more and more likely that Gael Clichy has played his last game for Arsenal as Roma push on with efforts to land the French international and perhaps this latest offer of Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic will tempt Arsene Wenger into offloading the 25 year old contract rebel.
The 25 year old former Cannes man has been an ever present at the Emirates Stadium for the past five seasons and has notched up a total of 264 appearances since his arrival at the North London club back in the summer of 2003.
Wenger already has good ready made cover for the left back role with England international Kieran Gibbs ready to step into the role with Armand Traore as very handy back up for the 21 year old Lambeth born starlet. The Arsenal boss must then decide whether it is better to take a straight cash offer for Clichy or opt for a player swap.
Considering the fee they can get for Clichy is greatly reduced as he only has a year left on his contract, perhaps a move to bring Mirko Vucinic to beef up their attacking options would make a great deal of sense. The Roma striker has been very consistent over the past four seasons, netting 60 goals in that period and helping his Stadio Olimpico side to three Serie A runners-up finishes in the process.
The 27 year old may be ideally suited to the Premier League where his physical approach and strong build may lend themselves well to the rough and tumble of the English top tier.
Too much pressure is placed on Robin Van Persie’s shoulders to score goals for the Gunners and though Marouane Chamakh started last term well, the Moroccan went off the boil after November. Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela appear to be little more than cameo replacements who have failed to prove themselves as first team material.