Arsenal Set for Tempting £16m Swap Offer from Barcelona

Emirates boss may be open to Nou Camp player exchange.

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Sports - October 23, 2007

Barcelona are the latest club to take an interest in Arsenal full back Gael Clichy and could be ready to offer a player swap in order sweeten the deal. Arsene Wenger is understandably loathed to sell the talented French international but does have up and coming England man Kieron Gibbs to slot into the role.

Pepe Guardiola is looking at Clichy to fill Eric Abidal’s boots as a long term Nou Camp option after Brazilian Maxwell failed to prove himself as a top notch replacement. The Barca boss may also be willing to offer Bojan Krkic as part of a potential swap deal.

Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of the young attacker and could well be interested in just such a deal. Bojan has found it hard to get a decent run in the Catalan side’s starting eleven having started just 12 matches in all competitions this term.

The teenage Spanish international is finding it tough to break into the first team due to the myriad of alternative attacking options and given Wenger’s history of giving young players an extended run at Arsenal he may well feel a move to the north London side would be a move worth considering.

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