M’Vila still an Arsenal option

The France international has been linked with a number of clubs

over the summer including Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham

and Zenit St Petersburg.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted recently the club had been

tracking the player but had cooled their interest after failing to

agree a price.

Rennes are also said to be unhappy with the size of the other

offers that have been tabled so far and would rather hang on to the

defensive midfielder until their evaluation of ?15million is met,

with Arsenal reportedly leading the race after selling Song to

Barcelona for a similar amount.

The arrival of Jean Makoun on loan from Aston Villa could open

the door for M’Vila to leave but Rennes general manager Pierre

Dreossi is adamant he will not let the 22-year-old go on the

cheap.

“For the moment, there are three offers”, Dreossi told French

radio station RMC. “There is no agreement. We enter negotiations

this week and hope to find a solution.

“Arsenal? Maybe, you’ll have to call Arsene Wenger. I think

Arsenal will look for a player in this position. He could go there

or to a club which sells Arsenal a player.”

Despite the transfer talk, M’Vila admits he would be happy to

remain at Rennes if the club

“In France we have until September 4th [when the transfer window

closes]”, M’Vila told Sport 24.

“If I have to stay with Rennes for another year, I’ll stay – if

I go, that is life – but whilst I am here, I am 100 per cent

focused.”