The Times claim that Arsenal left back Gael Clichy has his heart set on a move to Liverpool and will turn down the opportunity to join Italian side Roma. Gael Clichy is said to have his mind made up that he wants to stay in England and if he is to leave Arsenal he will look to join Liverpool. Gael Clichy is said to favour a stay in England and sees a move to Italy as a backwards step in his career.
Roma representatives are due in London this week to talk to Arsenal about a possible move but Clichy is adamant that he wants to stay in England. Arsenal are holding out for around £10m for the French left back, but with his contract up next summer, they may have to settle for a significantly less figure. Arsene Wenger is reluctant to allow the French full back to move to a rival club, however, Wenger is said to understand that Clichy will only a join a club that is of the same calibre to Arsenal; if the price is right may have to sell.
Kenny Dalglish has targeted an experienced left back to join his side, with Dalglish himself accepting that Liverpool are considerably weak in that position. Roma's representatives will be flying into London this week but Clichy is expected to tell them that he favours a move to Liverpool. If Liverpool do increase their bid, it would be difficult for Arsenal to stop the transfer happening.
Liverpool are also said to be in the market for Lyon and Croatian starlet Dejan Lovren. According to reports from the Mirror's website, the former Dinamo Zagreb defender is attracting the attention of Liverpool with Lyon open to offers for the defender. Kenny Dalglish sees the defender as a ready-made for the English Premier League. Lovren has the physical attributes to service in the Premier League as well as possessing superb ball retention skills. With Dalglish failing in his eleventh hour bid for Phil Jones, Lovren has is now high on Liverpool's target list.
Following reports yesterday that Cristian Zapata was interested in a move to Liverpool; according to reports in Italy, the club have confirmed they are interested in securing the defenders services. The Udinese defender was instrumental in the club finishing in the Champions League spots and a bid from Liverpool may not be far off. The 24-year old has made 152 appearances for Udinese since joining the club in 2005, scoring three goals, and could be seen as a long-term replacement for Anfield legend Jamie Carragher.