Gunners long term target and expected summer acquisition Yann M’Vila has been essentially ruled out of a move to Arsenal, as his club chairman remains ‘95% certain’ he will remain with Rennes this season.
The defensive midfielder has been one of the most hotly linked players to make his way to the Emirates which was further fueled by Alex Song’s departure this month. But it seems Wenger will not be replacing the Cameroonian with the transfer window closure edging closer and Spurs failed with a late bid for Rennes’ star man.
The Ligue 1 club’s chairman Frederic de Saint-Sernin told RMC (a French Radio Station):
He will not go to England. Tottenham came back with an offer yesterday at 19.30 but we are 95% sure that he will stay with us.
He will only leave if a Russian or Ukrainian club makes a proposition [that meets our valuation of the player].
This is a very bizarre statement as he has contradicted himself when he previously stated that M’Vila did not want to go to Russia and his preferred destination was England.
The most worrying part of his interview is the lack of interest from Arsenal. The Gunners need an out and out defensive midfielder and M’Vila is the key. I still maintain some hope that Wenger will place a late bid, otherwise our midfield will lack physicality and power.
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