Reports according to the Express suggests that a host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, have been alerted on the availability of a one-time target, Yann M’Vila.
The French midfielder, as well as former Liverpool trainee Chris Mavinga, have both been put on the market by Rubin Kazan having been deemed surplus to requirements, opening the door for the likes of Tottenham and Everton to rival their cross-town neighbours for the signatures of the duo.
It somehow remains a mystery to many Arsenal fans how M’Vila did not end up being an Arsenal player in 2012, even when it was so clear a deal had been agreed. He would have been our record transfer player at the time as a bid of close to £20m had reportedly been agreed between Arsenal and Rennes for his transfer. As it happened, issues with his character in France’s Euro 2012 campaign spoiled the party and he has never quite being waved as an option so much since.
A move to Russia last year has seen his ratings further plummet, having to be shipped off to Inter on loan this season. Not that he is even managed to get so much in Serie A, where Inter themselves have been meddling in mediocrity , sat at 11th place on the log after half the season has been spent. His squad number – 90 – maybe explains the utter dip he’s suffered.
A case may be made for a potential improvement for him as he is still only 24 and could really get a new set of wheels to turn his career around in England. Surely Everton and Liverpool could be willing to take chances, but it may not be expected that Wenger would return for him, as he is even currently back in France to nurse an injury. Brendan Rodgers has had issues trusting either Jose Enrique or Alberto Moreno at left back and could be tempted to give Mavinga a second chance at Merseyside.
A young M’Vila used to epitomize what we needed in a defensive midfielder and the fact he would have arrived in a season we lost Alex Song could have proved a real deal for us at the time, and seeing we still have a dire need in the same position, it is hard to entirely rule away a possible approach for him. However, that will be until Wenger has assured himself of the rectitude of his attitude even if his National team ban has expired in June, as well as steady muscles that will make him as dependable a holding player as we could hope for in a Schneiderlin or Carvalho.
That won’t be easy to prove, though, and it’ll be a shock if Wenger passes both up for his Frenchman.
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