Jun 29

Roma make last-ditch attempt to sign Clichy

Serie A giants Roma have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Gael Clichy, while the left-back currently weighs up a contract extension offer from Arsenal.

After an eight-year stay in north London, various reports have suggested that Clichy has indicated a desire to make a move away from the Gunners this summer.

However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remained adamant last week that he wants the Frenchman to stay, despite a whole host of interest and a recent ‘derisory’ £5 million bid from Liverpool being rejected.

“We have started talks with Gael and want him to stay,” Wenger said, according to Sky Sports.

Clichy’s boyhood team Paris Saint-Germain have also expressed an interest in him, although Roma are reported to have offered ‘better’ financial terms to both club and player.

Nonetheless, with Wenger now entering extended talks with the player, it could be worth putting a football bet on Clichy signing a contract extension instead of moving clubs.

Stay tuned for Gooner Talk’s exclusive interview with Arsenal Supporters’ Trust chief Tim Payton later this evening. Tim will be addressing all the big issues from Arsenal’s ownership, the future of Cesc Fabregas, to the transfer market and much, much more. Don’t miss it.

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14 Responses to “Roma make last-ditch attempt to sign Clichy”

  1. Andrew says:

    any info on Nasri? and what was the fees that Roma offered

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  2. Gooner Chris says:

    Have no idea of the exact fee, but I’d expect that it’s a slight improvement on Liverpool’s £5 million offer. Probably around £6-8 million.

    As for Nasri, everything I’ve been hearing is pointed to him staying. Any updates I get will appear on the site or http:/twitter.com/GoonerTalk

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  3. Savage says:

    If Clichy’s replacement was a whole lot superior then I’d be happy to see him move out, but I do think he still has something to offer the team, and nobody can fault his workrate and recovery pace.

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  4. Mr Arsenal says:

    Let him GO. I’d rather Enrique

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  5. Duane78 says:

    i dont know where this Enrique preference is coming from. Can Enrique actually perform at the highest level? Playing for Newcastle is one thing, playing for Arsenall is another. no disrespect intended. I would rather Clichy stayed than go on another experiment.

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  6. family enclosure man says:

    It’s exactly right to identify Clichy’s workrate and recovery pace as his strengths – no denying that. But I have to say that there is little end product in terms of assists or goals: how many crosses does Clichy get in during a season? Precious few. I know people often criticize Sagna for inaccurate crossing, but at least he gets a few in and some of them get into the danger area. Gael’s other weakness is his tendency to make calamitous errors at the back (Tottenham, ManCity, Birmingham, Villareal have all benefited from this in recent years) and to give away panicky free kicks (Carling Cup Final 89th minute this year..) He’s been a decent servant to the club, but when all is said and done, I think there are better left backs. Look at the number of assists Baines managed last season, for instance…

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  7. Nasri83 says:

    I think we might get by with Vermaelen and Gibbs there. Its been an increasingly obvious chink in the armour. When we’re playing United the first name on their team sheet must be either Nani or Valencia on the wing. They just run rings around the guy. If he stays he definitely needs to work on his game some more. Even from an attacking point of view he’s gotten worse – his crossin hasn’t been the best but maybe if Chamakh gets more games next season he’ll have someone to aim for.

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  8. Nasri83 says:

    Yeah totally agree on the panicky last few minutes analysis with him from the poster above too. He’s definitely far from the finished article. But he could be i think – if he got his head straight.

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  9. GunnerPete says:

    Funny how when we have a top International for sale who have played in world cups and top Euro games we get offers of £5 mill for him. We AFC, are linked to second rate UK players and are quoted £15 mill…..This is the game that Chelsi & manure plys city are the creators of….I am glad to say that we cannot and would not afford to inflate the home grown market further.One day, hopefully soon, these ‘buyers of trophies’ will come unstuck and revert to their old failure ways.

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  10. chris says:

    xxxx off Clichy we need a defender … not a soft ball watcher !

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  11. Pie says:

    Vermaelen can play left back (as he previously has) if Clichy leaves. A back line of Sagna Cahill Samba Vermaelen is pretty impressive and I would be very happy with that. As well as their defensive attributes Vermaelen scored quite a few goals in his first season plus Cahill and Samba score a few goals a season so I think this would be great for us to play this line as a back 4.

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  12. GunnerMacedonia says:

    even if he stays, we need to buy a left back. why? because gibbs may be good in attack, but he isnt really good in defence. should be used as a winger.
    we need to buy baines(the competiton for first team would be bigger, clichy`s place wont be granted) and a solid right back(eboue didnt play good last season, wasnt given a chance, should be used as a winger, just as gibbs, he is better there), maybe bosingwa from chelsea, i reallllly like him, sagna will have to fight too.
    or just buy a guy like adriano from barca, who can play left and right, and none except for DAVIDE SANTON comes to mind

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  13. olat says:

    Pls we can’t sell ds guy at that rate eventhough is not a better player,little bit slugghish.We would not mind 15m for him.

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