In news that will thrill every Gooner, it is just being reported that Arsenal have almost certainly secured a deal to bring Rennes and France international midfielder Yann M'Vila to the Emirates Stadium next season.
Respected French journalist Julien Laurens revealed the news via Twitter, adding that the transfer fee was in the range of €22 million in a four-year deal. This would represent a record transfer fee for an Arsenal player.
Laurens went on to add:
A the moment deal is done with Arsenal finishing 3rd, could slightly change if not but he will still sign. He chose Arsenal over Inter Milan— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) May 8, 2012
I believe he will be perfect signing for Arsenal. Norwich game showed how team was too exposed at the back. He will be proper holding mid— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) May 8, 2012
M'Vila, who will turn 22 this summer, is a defensive midfielder who has played 127 games for the Ligue 1 Rennes in three seasons, scoring four goals and providing three assists. He has also been capped 18 times for France, scoring one goal.
M'Vila has a number of admirers, including former France captain Marcel Desailly, who has said this of the player:
How should Arsenal use Yann M'Vila?
I would just say that if I was the chairman of a Premier League club I would just close my eyes and put the figure on the cheque to get him. You will see he is the best midfielder – better even than Patrick Vieira.
High praise indeed.
M'Vila is primarily a defensive midfielder, but he isn't shy of going forward. He would most likely play alongside Alex Song for Arsenal and be the box-to-box midfielder that the club has missed since the departure of Patrick Vieira. Quite a coincidence that he wears No. 17 for Rennes.
And if you take a look at this video, you will see exactly what Arsene Wenger and Arsenal will be getting.
Welcome to Arsenal, Yann.
And I have to say it's fantastic Arsenal have learned some lessons from last season, and are getting their business done nice and early. First Lukas Podolski, and now M'Vila.
So take a bow, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis!
And SIGN UP, Robin van Persie!