Apparently Arsene Wenger has identified the young France international as his key target and has accelerated plans to bring the midfield anchorman to the Emirates Stadium after Jack Wilshere will be on the sidelines for another five months (seven months in total).
Arsenal are prepared to shatter their transfer record to land M’Vila by bidding in excess of €29 million (£25m) for the 21-year-old.
The Gunners were named by Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti as one of four Champions League clubs to make offers of “around €30m [£26.5m]” for the player in August.
Arsenal’s scouting team have continued to keep close tabs on the player, who has started all nine of Rennes’ Ligue 1 matches this season and is set to add to his 13 international caps when France take on Albania on Friday and Bosnia-Herzegovina four days later in their Euro 2012 qualifiers.
The French club were unwilling to sell the midfield enforcer in the final days of the August window because they had no time to find an adequate replacement.
M’Vila signed a new deal in the summer, expiring in 2015, which is likely to be a ploy from Rennes to protect his market value. The 21-year-old is likely to go to Euro 2012 with France next summer and Rennes believe a good tournament would further increase his transfer fee.
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How fantastic it would be to see M’Vila make his way to the Emirates either in January or next summer, but I just don’t see it happening. The only way it will happen is if Wenger finally decides not to place so much trust in players that don’t perform i.e. Diaby, Denilson, Ramsey (he should be loaned out), then we can start to build a world class squad once again.
Although M’Vila would be a great acquisition, a more appropriate target is Eden Hazard who can fulfil the gaping creative hole left by Fabregas and Nasri as we have Coquelin and Frimpong who have shown already that they are quality backups to Alex Song.
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