City close in on Clichy

MANCHESTER CITY look set to begin their traditional summer spending spree with the £7m purchase of Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy.

The France international is entering the final year of his contract and is ready to end his eight-year association with the north London club.

But he is unlikely to be joined at Eastlands by Samir Nasri after City last night distanced themselves from rumours suggesting the former Marseille star was on the brink of a £20m move north.

The 24-year-old has been attracting significant interest from City’s local rivals Manchester United.