Fee: £12 million?
Earlier in the transfer window, the Guardian reported that Arsene Wenger was plotting a £12 million bid for Rennes holding midfielder Yann M’Vila.
Today, The Metro reports that Arsenal’s attempts to sign the talented youngster may have hit a brick wall. However, with several hours left in the transfer window, there is still time for a frantic last-minute bid.
Despite only recently turning 21, the French holding midfielder has featured 11 times for the French national team, becoming a rock in the Rennes midfield in the process.
M’Vila has featured in almost all of Rennes’ Ligue 1 games in the past three seasons.
He is a tough, hard-hitting defensive midfielder. In a sense, he is a more matured version of Emmanuel Frimpong.
He would slot in nicely playing alongside Alex Song in the Arsenal midfield, allowing Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere more creative freedom.
At 6'0", he is not the tallest midfielder in world football, but he is considerably taller than Wilshere and Ramsey. The addition of height in the midfield will help Arsenal win more battles in the heart of midfield than they have done since, well, the departure of Patrick Viera.
Although he is under contract until 2015, reports in the Guardian claim that the French club would be willing to accept an offer of £12 million for the talented youngster.
If Wenger is unable to secure the services of the 21-year-old French international, he may have to rely upon the services of the inexperienced Francis Coquelin.