Why the £7 million Clichy price is right for Manchester City
Five reasons why Manchester City have negotiated a good fee
The Spoiler isn’t a major member of the Gael Clichy fan club, judging his delivery as underwhelming for a perceived top-level attacking full back, as supported by the fact that he has provided only two Premier League assists in the last two seasons to Patrice Evra’s nine and Ashley Cole’s six.
However, the fee Manchester City are reported to be paying to prise him away from Arsenal is £7 million, which appears a very competitive figure in the current market. Here are five reasons why the Blues are getting themselves a good deal…
Clichy’s health is not in question
The left back has proven regularly that his body can stand up to the task of battling both on a domestic and European front having started over 30 Premier League matches in three of the last four seasons. Manchester City’s current first choice Aleksandar Kolarov managed just 20 last term.
He has a huge amount of experience…
Clichy is one of the few members of the Arsenal squad to have won silverware for the club, having played 12 times in their Invincibles season. More significantly, he has featured in Champions League knockout games in each of the last eight campaigns, something few full backs in the world can rival.
…yet is still only 25
It is hard to believe as it feels like he has been around forever but Clichy is just 25, meaning that he is only a year older than Kolarov was when he joined for £16 million last year. And while the Gunners star’s price is affected by having just a year left on his contract, the same was true of the Serbian.
Expiring contracts don’t always alter demands
The Blues are helped by the fact that Clichy’s contract expires in June 2012, forcing Arsenal’s hand, though that scenario never guarantees a fee reduction, as shown by Newcastle chasing £15 million for Jose Enrique, also 25, who lacks the European and international experience of the Frenchman.
The Manchester City tax
Manchester City are often punished for being well off by selling sides, which is perhaps why Clichy will become their first player in three windows signed for under £10 million. The alleged interest of fellow big spenders Liverpool threatened to spark a bidding war, but the Citizens have kept the cost down.