The France and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila has been variously linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham ever since the transfer window opened, and it was thought that Spurs had jumped in after finally completing the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, but according to the Rennes manager Frederic Antonetti there is still no concrete bids on the table.
“We have had some contact but nothing more than that. The more time goes on the more we can think he will stay.” Antonetti said yesterday. “Now, as I have been saying for some time, we know Yann could still go in the final week of the transfer window.”
The news that both Arsenal and Tottenham were keeping M’Vila in reserve in case they couldn’t persuade Newcastle to sell Yohan Cabaye has now been further muddied by the fact that Spurs have got permission to speak to Fulham’s Moussa Dembele, who was also said to be on Arsene Wenger’s shortlist.
Hopefully for Arsenal, Spurs interest in Dembele could give them a free run on Cabaye, although Wenger would need to break his transfer record to get him to the Emirates. This could make M’Vila’s £15million price tag seem a lot more reasonable……