Liverpool on 'red alert' as defender target drags heels - reports

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Arsenal defender Gael Clichy will dig his heels in to try and force a summer switch to Liverpool.

The Sun reports how the 25-year-old Frenchman has stalled over talks to extend his Gunners stay, and now entering the final 12months of his contract, he may have to be sold.

Arsene Wenger is determined not to let Clichy leave the Emirates Stadium for free next year, but is uneasy with the notion of strengthening a rival Barclays Premier League club in Liverpool.

AS Roma made a £7million bid for his services – a £2million improvement on Reds boss Kenny Dalglish's initial offer for the Arsenal ace, but Clichy is keen to remain in England and has set his sights on a move to Anfield.

Liverpool have made no secret of their desire to recruit a left-sided defender this summer, and club director of football Damien Comolli has earmarked the Gunners defender as the perfect acquisition.


Having deployed Glen Johnson out of position for much of the season, Dalglish utilised the strength of Liverpool's academy when promising youngsters Jack Robinson and John Flanagan were promoted to the Reds first team to fill the left-back void.

Fabio Aurelio was restricted to just seven Liverpool appearances last season after a succession of injuries, and with Paul Konchesky's future looking to lie away from Anfield, Reds owners Fenway Sports Group have prioritised funding for a player in that position.

If Arsenal don't budge on their current stance, Liverpool are also contemplating an offer for Jose Enrique – the man also linked with the Gunners as a replacement for Clichy if he is sold.

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