Posted on Thursday, 14th June 2012 by Iain Culverhouse
It appears, once again, that one of our summer targets is the subject of interest from Barcelona – this time it’s Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.
Arsenal have been heavily linked to the 21-year-old, but his agent announced that his future will be decided after Euro 2012.
Along with Barcelona, Arsenal once faced competition from Manchester United for M’Vila. However, it appears Sir Alex Ferguson has placed M’Vila further down his list of his targets this summer, which could allow the Gunners to a clear run to sign the Frenchman.
But with Barca reportedly interested in the France international, Rennes will be hoping to start a bidding war for M’Vila.
Previously things have not gone well for Arsenal when it comes to dealing with Barcelona. But there appears to be a new optimism surrounding the Gunners’ transfers at the moment, with the capture of Lukas Podolski and what appears to be the future capture of Olivier Giroud.
There is one stumbling block that I can see in this prospective transfer, other than the fact it is Barcelona we are potentially bidding against, and that is that our record transfer fee stands at £15 million, which means we would more than likely have to double this sum to land M’Vila.
So will Arsenal lose out to Barcelona? Previously I would have said yes, but there is something that is different this time, Arsenal seem to be willing to spend some money. Besides, Barca are in financial problems as well, so this is another advantage.
If Arsenal manage to capture M’Vila and Giroud then I say we just need to sort out our defence and then we will really be going into the new season with a positive view.
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