The departure of Alex Song to Barcelona had re-opened the possibility of Yann M'Vila moving to Arsenal. His transfer to Arsene Wenger's side seemed to be nailed on at the beginning of the transfer window and simply waiting confirmation. Almost every major newspaper and websites like Goal said a deal was agreed between the clubs.
When that didn't happen, it was assumed Arsenal had got cold feet after he was arrested for allegedly hitting his sister's 17 year old boyfriend and he spent the night in a police cell. It wasn't the first time M'Vila had been involved in trouble and Wenger isn't usually a fan of bad-boys.
However, it could have been more to do with using transfer funds to bring in Giroud when he learnt Robin van Persie would be leaving. Another striker would have appeared more urgent than a midfielder at the time, but now that Song has left the club a resurgence of interest in Yann M'Vila would make sense to cover that area of the pitch but Arsenal are firmly behind Tottenham in the chase for the Rennes man.
Italy's Calciomercato have a knack of picking up the phone and calling agents and club representatives and yesterday did just that with Rennes and were told "Yes, we are dealing with Tottenham, the offer is still a bit low, but we are confident."
Rennes want €20m and Tottenham so far have only offered €15m, the Ligue 1 side are keen to sell so Spurs probably won't need to go much higher if the quotes from Rennes are correct, and not simply meant to push Arsenal into action.
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