Long term Arsenal target Yann M’Vila has chosen to join Russian club Rubin Kazan, despite the club currently under a transfer embargo.
His current club Rennes announced the deal on Wednesday evening despite reported interest from the Gunners but more publicly from Queens Park Rangers who have had their €10 million bid exceeded by €1.5 million from the in-trouble Rubin.
Despite the announcement the future of the Frenchman seems uncertain still as in December the Russian FA banned Rubin from registering any players this month as punishment for unpaid wages owed to former striker Roman Adamov, who was at the club from 2008 to 2012. Rubin were also fined $3,250 and ordered to pay all outstanding money to Adamov within 30 days.
But regardless Rennes have issued a statement on Wednesday evening which read:
Stade Rennais, FC Rubin Kazan and Yann M’Vila have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of the French international. After the traditional medical visit, the Rennes midfielder joined the Russian club officially on Wednesday evening.
There has been no mention of the transfer embargo from the Ligue One side which still allows the club to sign him, but he will be registered with the Russia FA, meaning he cannot play. It seems an odd situation, but one the Russian club will be happy with as they managed to get the highly rated defensive midfielder.
This is another blow for Arsenal who are struggling to purchase a new defensive midfielder this winter window. Perhaps he would have been a Gunner if it wasn’t for all his off field antics that have resulted in multiple disciplinary bans and fines, either way Wenger must look elsewhere to reinforce the midfield this January.