Arsenal Edge Closer to Completing £15.7m Deal to Sign Rennes Midfielder Yann M’Vila

Emirates Stadium side move into pole position in French international chase.

A report from French source RMC may well lead many to believe that Arsenal are moving into pole position in the chase for long term target Yann M’Vila. They quote Rennes sporting director Pierre Dreossi as stating.

“We have three offers (for M’Vila) for the moment.”

When challenged about ongoing interest in the French international from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Dreossi goes on to state.

“Arsenal? Maybe, you’ll have to call Arsene. But when Song leaves, we must say that Arsenal will reinforce that post.”

And follows on by stating.

“We retain our price of €20m (£15.7m). And I think it will be done by the end of this week or the beginning of next.”

So we can take from this vaguely guarded statements that Arsenal are one of the three sides in the running for the 22 year old French international with Inside Futbol stating that Zenit St Petersburg and Tottenham may well be the other two prospective suitors.

If you then factor in Arsene Wenger’s publicly stated desire to sign a midfielder this summer and it would appear that Yann M’Vila is once again high up on his list of targets.

M’Vila would in many ways be the ideal man to add steel to the Arsenal midfield. The young rangy enforcer has long been an Arsenal target and having now outgrown Rennes the Amiens born player will surely be tempted by the chance to replace Alex Song at the Emirates Stadium.

The Cameroon international completed his move to Barcelona yesterday and the funds from that sale could be put to use to help land M’Vila. Song emerged as a more complete performer last term, finishing the season as the North London club’s top assist maker, but in many ways this came at a cost to the defensive side of his game and the want-away Rennes man may be a more stable tough tackling option to help protect the club’s more creative talents.

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