Real Madrid Want Clichy
The new regime under Florentino Perez will soon come knocking at the Emirates, but not for Fabregas, well not yet anyway. Real’s new manager has identified the left-back slot as the one position that needs to be strengthened and he has handed Perez two names, Evra and Clichy (now being reported by London Evening Standard 12 June 2009).
Manchester United are bracing themselves for €80 million bid for Ronaldo (Man Utd have accepted an £80million bid 11 June 2009), which is his buyout clause, so I doubt Ferguson will too willing to allow another player to the club that he so much despises (despite having sold them Beckham, van Nistelrooy and Heinze).
Perez will be calling Arsenal in the next four or five weeks, once he has completed most of his signings and will want to talk about Clichy. The price he will offer will be around £10 million, having spent so lavishly on other players. Arsenal, will no doubt, turn such an offer down. If Real came back with a bid of around £18 million, Wenger will start to consider the matter.
Clichy is a fast, competitive defender who Wenger has groomed over the last 5 years. However, Wenger will have been impressed by the progress made by Gibbs this season. He will have seen Gibbs cope admirably in defensive situations and he is a player who gives Arsenal more going forward that Clichy. He will also have at the back of his mind Traore who had a mixed a season at Portsmouth. Nobody knows if Arsene considers Traore as a left-back any more.
What will also play on Arsene’s mid is that Vermaelen can also play at left-back and that might be the role Arsene has in mind for the Belgium international.
What is for sure is that call will come from Real and a bid of around £18 million will be hard to resist.
Posted on June 10, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfers, Gael Clichy, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Real Madrid Transfers, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009, Transfer News, Transfers. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.