Arsenal face another Barca battle over defender

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Barcelona are reportedly contemplating a summer move for Arsenal defender Gael Clichy.

The Frenchman has grown in stature during his time in England, maturing into one of the best left backs in the Premier League after joining Arsenal as a teenager in 2003.

The Spanish giants are heavily linked with a move for Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas, although the Emirates hierarchy have attempted to play down the situation by suggesting that Barca have agreed not to make a transfer move this summer.

Such comments have not been made with regards to Clichy, and the Daily Mail reports that Pep Guardiola views the attack-minded full-back as the Dani Alves of the opposite flank.

International recognition has eluded the 24-year-old so far in his career, with Clichy earning only two senior caps for Les Bleus and finding himself behind Patrice Evra and Eric Abidal in the French pecking order.

A move to the Nou Camp would undoubtedly raise the defender's profile, and the opportunity to join the current European champions is one that would be difficult for any player to turn down.

Arsene Wenger could be tempted into listening to offers as highly-rated Kieran Gibbs closes in on full fitness in north London. An undoubted talent who has impressed when given the opportunity at first team level, Gibbs will be looking to push for a starting role next season.

The French professor brought Clichy to the club as a relative unknown from Cannes, and Wenger will have to decide if he's willing to listen to offers when the transfer window re-opens at the start of June.

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