DEAL OR NO DEAL

Why the £7 million Clichy price is right for Manchester City

Five reasons why Manchester City have negotiated a good fee

Gael Clichy competes with soon-to-be teammate Micah Richards

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.


3 responses so far
  • Ziontrain // July 6, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This is a vapid article. Yes Clichy is 25 and experienced, but so what – he still made tons of mistakes and was NEVER a calming influence.

    Look at Djourou who has less first team experience and has surpassed Clichy in defensive competence now. Look at Gibbs who is in no way inferior to Clichy’s meek output and is only 19 or 20.

    Yeah, I’d sell his azz too. Man City can put him next to Kolo Toure, Viera and Adebayor in their collection of Arsenal players who are not as good as you thought when you bought them.

  • Ryan // July 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Yeah, I’d sell his azz too. Man City can put him next to Kolo Toure, Viera and Adebayor in their collection of Arsenal players who are not as good as you thought when you bought them.

    Well put

  • Justin // July 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    doi doi doi im ryan i have a big internet head

    I think for 7 mil its worth a shot that he can be your starting left back or at least cover for when Kolarov gets injured… if he blows then your better lb wont have to play against QPR after playing in the CL three days prior

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