Emirates Stadium defender on his way, soon to be replaced by want-away St James’ Park star.
The news has come in this morning that Roma have put in a sensible bid for Gael Clichy, which means that Arsene Wenger is now in the market for a suitable replacement. Liverpool were the first club to bid for the Arsenal left-back and it now seems that Wenger is going to challenge Dalglish for the Newcastle defender Jose Enrique.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Enrique for some time, but today the Times reports that the Gunners have opened negotiations with Enrique’s agents with a view to moving to the Emirates.
The Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted this week that his offer to the Spaniard to stay at St. James Park has fallen on deaf ears and it looked like they had reached a dead end.
Pardew said: “He has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him,”
“That is his right and there isn’t much more we can do about it.”
Indeed, there is not much Alan Pardew can do about a player who wants Champions League football that he is unlikely to secure at a Newcastle United side that just sold it’s captain to a Championship side! Clearly there is a lot going on behind the scenes at St James’ Park and whilst the club has brought in three handy signings already this summer, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux, it is worth noting that Mike Ashley didn’t pay a penny for any of them.
It seems that the Magpies supremo is not keen on spending the £35m the club made from the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool which is bad news for Pardew who will now have to bring in players on a shoe string budget as his top talents all head for the exit.
Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez are also set to leave the club by all accounts and Arsenal’s interest in £8.5m rated Jose Enrique will surely spell the end of the Spaniard’s time on the North East. Arsene Wenger seems resigned to losing Gael Clichy after months of contract talks, Roma want the left back and given that Jose Enrique will cost about the same price as the North London side will get for the player, it seems like a good deal.
Factor in that Arsenal also have Kieran Gibbs and Armand Traore and it seems the left side of their defence is sorted, which is more than can be said for the central defensive area where the club has severe problems that need addressing.
Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci had poor seasons and Thomas Vermaelen has been out for quite some time and it’s hard to say whether the Belgian international will be the same player he was when he impressed greatly in his first season at the Emirates Stadium.
On the plus side reports state, with personal quotes no less, that both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas are committed to the club.