Liverpool look set to miss out on a potential transfer target once again this week with Arsenal’s Gael Clichy set to make a surprise switch to Premier League rivals Manchester City.
It had been reported earlier in the month that Liverpool were close to securing the Arsenal full-back for around £5m, but the latest is that Manchester City are in for the Frenchman and will complete a £7m deal in the next day or two.
This is the latest blow for what has been a mixed summer of transfer dealings for Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.
They managed to secure the services of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland, but have since missed out on Phil Jones, Connor Wickham, Ashley Young and Sylvain Marveaux.
Now Clichy is set to be the latest player to prefer a move elsewhere, something which will hugely frustrate Liverpool fans.
Should the deal be completed, it will be a blow to Arsenal too. Arsene Wenger was hoping to convince Clichy to stay at the club for at least another year, but it appears the French international has made his mind up.
Clichy will be Manchester City’s first signing of the summer as Roberto Mancini looks to strengthen his defence ahead of the club’s first ever season in the Champions League.
The Italian wasn’t convinced by left back Aleksandar Kolarov’s performances last season and sees Clichy as excellent competition for a place in the side.
This isn’t the first time City have turned to Arsenal for a new player. Emmanuel Adebayor and Kole Toure have both made the Emirates to Eastlands switch in recent years.
Should the Clichy to Manchester City move go through this week as expected, it could spark somewhat of a transfer frenzy for the three clubs involved.
Man City would have set the ball rolling with regards to their summer spending and look to sign their remaining targets before long, Arsenal will be forced into action to find a replacement for Clichy, while Liverpool will need to show they are an attractive prospect for players as they move onto their next target.
Hold onto your hats, this is going to be a very busy week in the transfer market!