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Arsene Wenger bring in French international midfielder.
Yann M’Vila transfer to Arsenal ‘agreed’
Arsenal have agreed a fee for Rennes star Yann M’Vila, with a deal set to be concluded at the end of the season, according to reports in France.
As Metro revealed last month, the Gunners have made signing a natural defensive midfielder a key priority for the summer, despite Alex Song’s excellent form.
And it seems after scouring the market, manager Arsene Wenger has settled on securing long-term favourite M’Vila.
The 21-year-old, who also has strong interest from Inter Milan, told Rennes of his desire to quit the club earlier this season, and according to reports in France, Arsenal have agreed terms on a £17 million transfer, with the details set to be concluded in the summer.
Many sources are quoting this as a done deal and some are even suggesting that this move could lead to Alex Song leaving Arsenal for PSG and that the chase for Yann M’Vila really only started to become a reality when the Cameroon international made it clear he was interested in a move to the Ligue 1 big spenders. That element is as yet to be clarified but it does appear that Arsene Wenger is about to get his hands on a long term target.
The Independent has stated that the deal is 99% complete.
M’Vila has notched up 128 appearances for Rennes and is now a regular in the French national team set-up and another reason why this deal is moving at a pace is so that the North London club can snap up the defensive midfielder prior to the Euro 2012 finals, a similar situation was in play in relation to Lukas Podolski’s move to the Emirates Stadium.
Yann M’Vila is a enforcer in the Patrick Vieira mould, a leggy rangy midfielder who is strong in the tackle, has good distribution and is able to push on with forward runs as and when the need arises.
The £17m fee will break the current record spend by the Gunners, surpassing the £15m spent on Andrei Arshavin.
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