City seal £7m Clichy capture

The French defender underwent a medical at a private hospital in

the North West on Monday morning and has now put pen to paper on a

four-year deal. Although Arsene Wenger was keen to keep his fellow

Frenchman, with Clichy about to enter the final year of his

contract, having indicated he was not willing to agree an

extension, Arsenal had little option but to cash in. Clichy becomes

the latest in a succession of former Arsenal players to join the

City revolution, although as that number includes Emmanuel Adebayor

and the currently suspended Kolo Toure, the Blues have not had

unqualified success with their raids on London. “I am really happy

to be joining such a great club,” Clichy told City’s official

website. “I hope I can add to the quality we already have here

because we have a fantastic squad who I believe will continue to

get better. “I can’t wait to get started and I think anything is

possible with this team.” Attention will immediately turn to

whether he will be swiftly followed north by Samir Nasri, who has

been attracting interest from both Manchester clubs. Mancini

appears to be favourite to flex his powerful financial muscle, yet

the City boss has been forced to accept bringing new players to the

club is not going to be as easy as he wished due to UEFA’s new

Financial Fair Play rules, which have now taken effect. Although

that in itself will not curtail the Blues’ spending power, there is

a problem with the number of highly-paid players on their books

that Mancini has no obvious use for. Wayne Bridge for instance

spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and, once

Clichy arrives, will be shunted even further down the pecking

order. Craig Bellamy is another, whilst Shay Given and Shaun

Wright-Phillips have been attracting attention from Aston Villa and

Bolton respectively, even though both clubs may be reluctant to

match their present terms. Jo and Felipe Caicedo do not have a role

to play either, whilst Nedum Onuoha is waiting to discover whether

he impressed enough on loan at Sunderland last year to attract

attention from elsewhere. Adebayor has already declared an

intention to remain at City until the last day of the transfer

window in August if necessary as he tries to secure a ‘dream’ move

to Real Madrid. The first real indication of Mancini’s thinking may

come on Friday when his squad head to the USA for a training camp

ahead of a three-match tour. It is hard to see any senior player

left behind forcing his way into the Italian’s plans, which next

term will surely involve a concerted tilt at the Premier League

title.