Paris Saint Germain have emerged as a new suitor in the race to sign Gael Clichy, according to Footmercato.net.
The Ligue 1 side, who were recently the subject of high-profile investment by The Qatar Investment Authority, are ready to table a bid in the region €15 million for the French international and will sweeten the deal for the player by offering a huge €3 million a year salary (after tax) in an attempt to ward off interest from the likes of Liverpool and AS Roma.
Clichy is far from being the first high profile target linked with a move to the Parc des Princes. Echoing developments at Chelsea and Manchester City following their respective takeovers , the Parisian outfit have also been tipped to make offers for the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Samuel Eto’o, Jeremy Menez, Marco Borriello, Javier Pastore, Dimitri Payet, Eden Hazard, Gervinho, Kaka, and Ganso.
It remains to be seen whether PSG lodge a formal bid with the Arsenal board. If they do it is likely to test the resolve of Arsene Wenger who was quoted yesterday claiming contract talks with Clichy were ongoing. The former Cannes player has just twelve months left on his contract at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, L’Equipe report that free agent Robert Pires is weighing up an offer from Evian TG. The Annecy-based minnows, who were only formed in 2003 following a merger between FC Gaillard and FC Ville-la-Grand, recently earned promotion to Ligue 1 and are looking to add experience to their ranks ahead of the new season. 37-year-old Pires, who has not played in France since quitting Marseille for Arsenal in 2000, was released in May by Aston Villa after six months on the books in the Midlands.