Reports are now suggesting that Arsenal are trying to broker a loan deal for Chelsea’s 29-year old midfielder Michael Essien, while Rennes now expect Yann M’Vila to still be at the club for the foreseeable future.
The Rennes chairman said last week that there were bids from two Premier league clubs and from Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia. Apparently, pny Zenit’s bid was acceptable to the French club, but the player rejected that move. Tottenham were thought to have bid around £12 million and refused to go higher, then stated that they were looking elsewhere.
The third club, originally thought to be Arsenal, is now reported to have been Everton. They will not match Renne’s valuation either so, barring a last minute move, the French international will be staying where he is. Rennes seem to have started a lot of the rumours surrounding this deal and have been trying to start a bidding war. If the purpose was to bring in more money for the club, then it has backfired. If the purpose was to hold on to their midfielder, then it seems to have worked.
Metro reports today that Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of taking Michael Essien on loan for a year, and Chelsea are apparently considering it. Essien has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after missing the start of last season through injury. Everton are also thought to be keen on taking the 29-year old on loan.