Old Trafford side target Ligue 1 youngster.
Manchester United could be lining up a surprising move for Stade Rennais midfielder Yann M’Vila, who has had an interesting season to say the least.
M’Vila, a cultured holding midfielder, broke into the France international side at the age of 20 and became a first choice selection almost immediately – even breaking passing records for his country.
It was believed that he would be a mainstay in the French line-up for the next decade, and the press linked him with every big club in Europe. A rumoured price tag of upwards of £20m did not seem unreasonable speculation.
That was then though.
Former Rennes manager Guy Lacombe called him a “loose cannon,” he was called before a panel to explain his disruptive behaviour during UEFA Euro 2012, and he has since been demoted to the Under-21s.
After a night out prior to a France U21 game earlier this month, M’Vila was reprimanded by being sent to train with Rennes reserves, who play in the fifth tier of French football. This punishment is set for an indefinite period, with current coach
Perhaps a fresh start is all he needs, and with Rennes seemingly so willing to sell, his price would be minimal in comparison to the £20m previously flaunted.
Man United lack an out and out defensive midfield signing and troubled French youngster Yann M’Vila may well be the ideal man for the job.
Rennes prized asset looked likely to join Arsenal before a combination of increased asking price and wage demands put paid to such a deal coming to fruition but as this source rightly points out the Ligue 1 side may well look to rid the club of the disruptive influence in January.
The 22 year old has racked up over 100 Ligue 1 appearances and has 22 national team caps to his name and is a player who could adapt well to life in the Premier League.
Regardless the fact that M’Vila has fallen out with his Rennes side he has certainly outgrown the Route de Lorient side and a move to Man United will certainly tempt the Amiens born enforcer.
Ferguson has seen his side sliced open too many times this season, leading to undue pressure on a back-line weakened by injury and uncertain form. The Scot is looking for a steely presence and for all the will in the world Paul Scholes is perhaps the worst tackler in football, and aside from anything else is clearly in the final throes of his glittering career.
Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are not defensively minded and Sir Alex Ferguson has run out of patience with Brazilian Anderson so a move for a player like M’Vila would make a great deal of sense.
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