Yann M’Vila: Join the dots: by SV
There has already been plenty said about Mr. Sahin. He looked as if he was about to sign for Liverpool, then we hijacked the deal. Then he looked as if he had already signed for us, and now there are reports that Liverpool have come in and hijacked OUR deal. WTF? So I have decided that, for the moment, I’m going to focus on something else; namely, the deal involving Yann M’Vila. A no less confusing saga, mark you, but at least it’s different to that mind boggling Sahin deal.
Anyway, the story so far – at least how I understand it – is that we had a great interest in Yann M’Vila before the Euros. Juliens Laurens, a reputed French reporter, went as far as to claim that the deal was 99% done and that M’Vila would sign imminently. I no longer believe his words, but I do think that they indicate that we did have a strong interest in the Frenchman, even if he hadn’t ‘99% signed for us’. The Euros then went by, with most believing that he would sign straight after them. However, Yann was involved with off-the-pitch controversy during the games, and many media outlets report that this is why he has not signed, as the outlets say that Arsene no longer wanted M’Vila following his poor behaviour. The player then, naturally, garnered interest from our rivals, who seem unable to scout for themselves, and reports have it that Tottenham made a bid. But, unfortunately for them, he turned them down, because he wants Champions League football, something which Tottenham can’t offer…
So the reports now say that there are currently three clubs vying for Yann M’Vila’s signature: Zenit St Petersburg, Tottenham and a third club that is believed by most to be Arsenal. So, we can do a bit of join the dots and make a decent guess as to what’s going on. Most papers say that Tottenham are the only club who have made a solid bid, so their interest would seem the most concrete. However, we can guess that M’Vila would strongly prefer Zenit or Arsenal, due to their Champions League status. And out of those two, his preference would definitely be us, due to Arsene Wenger, our number of French players, and due to the fact that (according to several people on Twitter) he is concerned about the racism in the Russian League.
So in conclusion. Arsenal are in for M’Vila and want his signature, but questions remain about whether we’re willing to stump up Rennes’ pretty unreasonable asking price of around 22m euros. However, if we do, or manage to negotiate the price down, it seems as if M’Vila would definitely be on board with the deal, as he has a great interest in joining us.
At least, that’s how I see it.
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