Arsenal Set for Tempting £22m Italian Swap Offer: Full Back Gael Clichy in Part Exchange Deal?

Serie A side want Emirates full back and Gunners want Brazilian defensive midfielder, can a deal be struck?

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Juventus are chasing Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy.

French sources says Juventus could well be in for Arsenal defender Clichy, although they baulked at the £12m asking price.

The Gunners can be talked into handing over Clichy in part-exchange for Brazilian Felipe Melo.

Despite the own goal and red card against Holland, Melo remains a target for Arsene Wenger. (

This could turn out to be a case of what is Arsene Wenger’s greater need. This offer would hand them an experienced, if temperamental, defensive midfielder and would cost them a full back who has not been anywhere near his usual best for some time now.

Perhaps more importantly, in Kieron Gibbs the Gunners have a more than capable ready made replacement for Gael Clichy so if this bid does indeed become a reality maybe its one that could work out on all fronts. The 24 year old French international has constantly linked with a move away from the Emirates and doesn’t appear to be incredibly happy of late.

Brazilian international Felipe Melo is known to be a player that Arsene rates very highly and could be purchased for around £22m but any deal that includes Clichy may in the end only need the north London club to add a few million on top.

Is this a deal that appeals to Arsenal fans?

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