Rumours surrounding Gael Clichy's future at the Emirates have restarted over the weekend.

It is believed that Arsenal could be prepared to sell the 25-year-old left-back to Real Madrid as a result of the impressive development of fellow Gunner and left back Kieran Gibbs.

The young English defender, who has just been recalled to Fabio Capello's England squad, is believed to have shown such great progress at the Emirates that he is on the verge of taking the starting role.

Subsequently, Arsenal are believed to be willing to accept offers for the French defender, instead of keeping him on the bench in north London.

Although Clichy is likely to be a transfer target for many teams, Real Madrid are believed to be a front runner for the player.

Jose Mourinho is said to be looking for a more reliable left-back to replace Marcelo, who is frequently singled out as a weak link in the Madrid team at the Bernabeu.

This is not the first time the Spanish giants have been linked with Clichy. In 2009 there were strong rumours that Madrid were preparing to put in a bid for the Arsenal defender.

However, Clichy denied a possible move and expressed his loyalty to the Gunners, saying: "I heard there is interest from Real Madrid. But I have a contract with Arsenal which I intend to respect unless the club say otherwise."

Reports suggest that the Arsene Wenger is willing to let Clichy go if the offer matches Arsenal's valuation, believed to be around £14 million.

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