There is a very strange rumour that Arsène Wenger is set to the offer his full back Gael Clichy to Everton, in exchange for the up and coming England left-back Leighton Baines. By the summer Clichy will only have a year left on his contract and it is being said that the Frenchman has stalled in signing a contract extension.
The Metro reports that Wenger is fearful of losing Clichy on a free transfer next summer and thinks he may be able to use Clichy in a straight swap for Baines. Previously it had been reported that the Gunners would offer Everton £10 million for the Englishman.
Meanwhile Liverpool are also keeping an eye on Baines (the report continues) and may well try to hijack Arsenal’s move with a bid of their own. Juventus are also reported to be interested and are prepared to offer £13.2 million for Clichy.
Wenger believes that the England international will be able to slot into his Arsenal side with little effort and can be a good example for youngster Kieran Gibbs.
Clichy joined Arsenal in 2003 at 18 from French side Cannes. He is the only player left in the squad from Arsenal’s invincible Premier League winning side of 2003-2004. He has played 254 games for Arsenal and eight for the French national side.
I have very little belief that this is likely to happen myself. If Clichy really intends to leave, then it will be simply because he is desperate to win some trophies before he ends his career. Is he likely to accept a move to Everton, who could only hope for a Europa Cup place every few years?