Arsenal Want Baines To Replace Clichy

Arsene Wenger has set his sights on Leighton Baines as his number one transfer target for next season.

With it looking increasingly likely that Gael Clichy will leave the club having so far failed to sign a contract extension, Wenger has set his sights on the Everton and England left-back.

Baines, 26, would be available for around £10million as cash-strapped Everton will be forced to generate revenue via the sale of players, with the sought-after Jack Rodwell also likely to leave Goodison Park this summer.

Arsenal have been searching for a left-back since it became clear that Clichy was stalling over his contract offer. Having been impressed by Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre, Arsenal are now set to go for Baines who would provide the Premier League experience to slot straight into the first team.

The plateaued development of Keiran Gibbs has forced Wenger to look elsewhere for a first choice left-back for next season, and the attacking prowess of Baines would provide the perfect replacement for Clichy.