Arsenal Linked With £35m Player Plus Cash Move for Real Madrid Star

Long term Emirates target in exchange for Gunners full back?

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Real Madrid are lining up a move for Arsenal left back Gael Clichy and the signs are there that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may well accept any significant bid for the French international. With Kieran Gibbs already groomed as a ready made replacement for the 25 year former Cannes man. There is also the chance that Jose Mourinho may be willing to use Karim Benzema as bait to lure the full back to the Bernabeu.

Given that the Gunners are in a healthy financial state they do not therefore need to cash in on any of their star players but Wenger’s long running interest in Benzema may help seal the deal that would see Clichy make his move to the La Liga giants.

Clichy’s performances this term have been oddly subdued and many reports have suggested that after seven years at the club he is willing to try a new challenge and given that the left back area is one that Mourinho may well feel he can improve on there has therefore been much speculation that a move may be made to capture the attack minded Arsenal man.

Karim Benzema has been in good form of late but Mourinho sees Gonzalo Higuain as his nailed on solid first choice starter leaving the former Lyon man having to wait for injuries, suspensions or loss of form to take hold before he gets a look in.

Any deal would involve Arsenal having to hand over around £6-8m as well as Clichy to nab a player who cost Real Madrid a whopping £35m to sign in the summer of 2009.

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