Manchester City have been heavily linked to moves for Arsenal’s French pair Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri. The usually free-spending outfit have been surprisingly quiet thus far in the transfer window. The endless speculation regarding their movement in the summer months has failed to produce actual signings for Mancini’s men.
One player who does look certain to join the revolution at Eastland’s is full back Clichy. The 25 year-old is currently the gunners longest serving player, having been part of the famous ‘Invisibles’ team. As a result of this, at just 18 years of age the offensive minded left-back won a premier league title in his first season in England, making him the youngest player to land a premier league medal.
According to The Guardian the two clubs have agreed a fee of £7m, with the player being keen on a move to north-west. Talks are expected to be held early next week.
Although a fairly low fee for a first team regular, since the departure of Ashley Cole. The former Cannes wing-back has experienced a error-prone season, often criticised by the Arsenal faithful for his lapses in concentration. Mancini obviously sees worth in the move, providing competition for the left-back spot with Aleksandar Kolorav.
Being part of a tighter back-line will only benefit the marauding French full back. A player, like the majority of the Arsenal team who struggles when the inevitable groans and jeers ring out around the Emirates.
A worry for Wenger must be the fact that he is strengthening one of his closest rivals. As Mancini looks to build a side capable of challenging for honours both domestically and on the continent.
United’s once dormant neighbours are now raucously making themselves heard. With The Sun reporting that City have jumped ahead of their arch-rivals in the queue for Arsenal’s maverick Frenchman, Samir Nasri.
The tricky winger has only one year remaining on his current deal and seems reluctant to commit himself to the north London club. Having enjoyed an electric first half of the season which promised much for Wenger’s side the former Marseille midfielder seemingly ran of out of gas and ideas, as the potential title winners eventually slumped to a disappointing fourth place spot.
Often over the past season, Mancini has been accused of adopting a typically Italian stance of negativity. With City fans bemoaning the lack of creativity in the final third. Mancini has shown his intentions to add flair and imagination to the side by throwing his hat in the ring for the inventive playmaker. Bringing about a potentially frightening link up with fellow midfield magician David Silva.
Wenger now faces a host of players looking to make their way out of Ashburton Grove, after becoming disillusioned with the clubs lack of activity in the transfer market.
As a freshly invigorated Chelsea look poised to snap up half of Europe’s most sort after talent and with United and Liverpool continuing to spend, the gunners trophy drought at this present time, shows no signs of ending.
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