Liverpool Close In On £17.2m Arsenal Man to Resolve Problem Area

Anfield side very keen on Emirates contract rebel.

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Arsenal full back Gael Clichy could be on the verge of a controversial move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool after contract talks between the player and the North London club broke own.
The France international only has 15 months left to run on his present deal at the Emirates, with Arsenal keen to tie the 25 year old down to a new long-term deal rather than face the prospect of losing the left back to a rival Premier League club for free next year.
However, recent reports coming out of the club suggest that those talks have broken down over how much Clichy is demanding to be paid in his new deal, with Arsenal conscious of the fact that in England international Kieron Gibbs, they already have a ready-made replacement lined up.
As a result, Clichy is now said to be thinking over his options, which are thought to include possible moves to either Tottenham or Liverpool, with both sides presently need of a new left back.

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Liverpool appear to be leading the chase for Arsenal left back Gael Clichy as the French international continues to struggle to resolve his contract dispute with the club. The 25 year old defender will apparently not now iscuss the issue with his North London employers until the end of the season and that has led many to believe that Arsene Wenger is not willing to compromise on his initial offer to the former Cannes man.

There seems little chance Clichy would move to hated rivals Tottenham, not after eight years and 250+ appearances for the Gunners and the talented wide man is apparently open to the idea of staying in the Premier League if big moves from Abroad are not forthcoming.

Italian giants Juventus are reportedly willing to pay as much as €20m (£17.2m) for the experienced Toulouse born full back and Liverpool may have to match that offer, which may seem steep for a player who will have a year left to run on his contract come the summer, but we are talking about arguably one of the best players in his position in Europe and the price is still less than the Merseyside club paid for Glenn Johnson.

Clichy may not be keen on a move to Turin though as the club is in something of a crisis at present and may well finish outside the European qualification places altogether. Liverpool are looking for a new left back as they look to offload Emiliano Insua and Paul Konchesky, the aforementioned Johnson has been played out of position on the left but is clearly more suited to the right side where his place seems in the balance given the great form shown by youngster Martin Kelly.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also been linked with moves to offload under performing members of his squad including Manuel Almunia, Nicklas Bendtner and even Andrei Arshavin who is attracting interest from his former club Zenit St Petersburg.
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