Arsenal have increased their bid for Stade Rennais defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila to 25m Euros, according to L’Equipe.
M’Vila is a tall defensive midfielder also capable of playing at centre back in an emergency, and is a fine distributor of the ball.
He is strong, tackles well and good in possession – making him sound like the perfect Arsenal signing.
However, M’Vila has previously stated his intention to stay at Rennes this season, as he believes he stands a better chance of keeping his place in the France national team if he doesn’t move club.
What might aid Arsene Wenger in his quest to sign the Frenchman though, is if Rennes accept his club transfer record fee, M’Vila would move to an unquestionably bigger club – and doubtlessly improve as a player.
Rennes’ situation in Europe is as precarious as Arsenal’s.
They are not yet sure of their place in the UEFA Europa League, taking a 2-1 lead back with them to France.
Perhaps now is the time for M’Vila to show he can perform at a higher level.