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[Transfer Targets] Who’s The €25 Ace Arsenal Are Bidding For?

Now that Arsenal have officially qualified for the Champions League the club will want to benefit from the higher profile that comes with this as well as spending the financial rewards – it is clear the Gunners need at least three quality players (a centre back, left back and midfielder) to compete this season but the transfer window is quickly closing. One player they have allegedly began talks with is Yann M’Vila, a defensive midfielder with French club Stade Rennes; however, with the whole world knowing that we are desperate for players after losing two of our best ones, no transfer deals from now will be easy tasks.

What’s his pedigree?: After working his way up through the academy systems of Amiens and Mantes in Northern France, M’Vila signed for the Rennes academy in 2004 and this led to greater exposure in terms of the national team, with M’Vila playing at every youth level. After signing professional terms as recently as 2009, the Frenchman of Congolese descent has enjoyed a meteoric rise with two seasons in the heart of the Stade Rennes midfield with his debut season (2009-2010) alongside former gunner Junichi Inamoto. He then had a fantastic 2010-2011 which led to his nomination as Ligue 1 Young player of the year (he lost out to Mamadou Sakho) and his place in the team of the year, an honour Gervinho also achieved.

How’s the chemistry?: The defensive midfielder plays in a similar style to Jack Wilshere, but at 6ft tall and muscle-bound he is better suited to working the engine room deep in the midfield in the Premier League, allowing Wilshere to make better use of his passing ability and driving runs. M’Vila captained the French U-19 team and has an excellent disciplinary record for a defensive midfielder, with 5 bookings in 51 games last season. However, unlike Alex Song, M’Vila is not confident when going forward from the midfield and only has a handful of goals.

Do we have a chance?: Although Rennes don’t wish to sell the defensive midfielder who has four years left on his contract, Arsenal have had a €20 million bid rejected but are apparently ready to up the bid to €25 million which would smash the transfer record at the club. Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti addressed the rumours:

“I do not know if i is the press or Arsenal, who have spoken about the offer,” he told France Football. ”You [journalists] have an important role to play because you write every day. Sometimes you write the same things. Everyone has some responsibility. The information will be verified when it is needed to be written about. Yann is in Rennes – full stop. We have to talk again, but as often happens information gets out.”

Likely bid: £19 million. Probability: 6/10, the new bid should be enough.

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  1. Nii

    August 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

    wenger should go for martin marvin and not this guy we have alot of dm in the team


    August 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Do you really think so ?
    Song will go to play in the african cup on february and this means that we will have onlt frimpong as DM.
    for a team like Arsenal, it’s not enough especially if you want to play with 2 DM against physical teams like Bolton or so…
    Go for it Arsene… I am your supporter

    • Paul

      August 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Someone with some sanity!

  3. Chris sanati

    August 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I tink is d right time wenger do some thing if he really wants the club to compete

  4. kelvin

    August 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    wenger is not serious about this transfer stop telling lie youre giving we fans headaches

  5. Lissome

    August 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t see anythin bad if wenger lure this man to emirate in 2days time cos it’ll surely help wilshere to be in the fab04 role which is a better signing i think +hazard

  6. ezekiel

    August 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    arsene wenger should make sure he sign cahill,samba,zarati,sow and hazard and sell bendner and squillaci

  7. fowler

    August 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    This story has confused me from the very start simply because of the large price and the fact that dm is not a position that desperately needs strengthening. Why would we spend such a large amount of money on someone who may not start weekly. It just don’t make sense to me.

    • Jimbo

      August 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm


      we do need beef in midfield – song will be off to ANC for a few months too

      song and m’vila in middle – wilshere more advanced role

      Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

      • Giles De Berg

        August 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        100% agree Jimbo – Fowlers is wrong

      • Cathy S

        August 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        great shout jimbo

    • Perry Nitsch

      August 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      agree with jimbo we need backup in this area

  8. Jimbo

    August 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    M’Vila will come for £21.5m
    Cahill will come for £13.75m
    Baines will come for £14m

    This is 100% accurate – I have insiders

    Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

    PS Sunday 1-1 (RVP 3 mins Rooney 56)

    • Cathy S

      August 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      thanks for the inside info jimbo

    • Antoni

      August 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      arent we getting hazard or anyone attacking?

    • Jamie

      August 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      I want to believe this with all my heart, but where the hell are you getting information like that???

  9. Layksite

    August 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    If we buy dis guy it will even alow wenger to try different formation in d midfield. Wit 2 strong DF we can even try AOC in d midle because am sure he can operate there. Remember Wilshere started from d wing.

  10. Elvis, from Kenya

    August 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Big up Jimbo U r a thinker, I support u 100%.

  11. Adisa oladipupo

    August 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Hummm 4meo i dont belive aw will hard to our team

  12. vanpersie123

    August 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Tired of gossiping , I need real news now!

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