Gunners could move for M’Vila, with midfielder not keen on Russia or QPR move.
Arsenal have not ruled out a move for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila after learning that the Frenchman is reluctant to join Rubin Kazan or QPR, fanatix has learnt.
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The Gunners tracked the 22-year-old in the summer but were put off by Rennes’ £17m asking price and the midfielder’s off-field disciplinary problems.
The Ligue 1 club are keen to offload M’Vila this month and have accepted a £9.6m offer from Russian club Rubin Kazan.
QPR and another unnamed English club, believed to be Tottenham, have also made offers for the 22-cap French international but Rennes are waiting to see if M’Vila accepts Rubin’s offer before making a decision on the Premier League bids.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is considering entering the fray, after it became clear that M’Vila would prefer to join a Premier League club with Champions League prospects, rather than move to Russia or join basement club QPR.
If Wenger decides to move for the tough-tackling enforcer, the player could face a straight choice between Arsenal and North London rivals Spurs.
The situation is complicated by M’Vila’s ban from international football until June 2014, following a break of curfew while on under-21 duty last year.
If the player can persuade the French Football Federation (FFF) to overturn the ban, he will look to push through a move to either Tottenham or Arsenal in order to boost his international hopes ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
The FFF is set to decide this weekend whether or not to maintain its stance and if M’Vila’s ban is upheld, he could make the lucrative move to Russia before looking to resume his international career in late 2014.
Wenger is in the market for a defensive midfielder and has been linked with West Ham’s Mohamed Diame and Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia.
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