Date: 4th April 2012 at 6:55pm
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Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Arsenal are reportedly interested in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.

The Frenchman could have been on his way to Arsenal last summer, with Arsene Wenger showing interest in the player, but Rennes convinced him to stay for one more year with the promise that he could leave the following summer, providing of course a reasonable offer was made for his services.

The Ligue 1 club intend to fulfil their end of the bargain, but are supposedly asking for at least £17 million for the ‘next Claude Makelele’.

Wenger said he intends to fill the holding midfield role, as it is one of his priorities this coming summer. But for him to land M’Vila he may have to break his transfer record, which still stands at £15 million for Andrey Arshavin back in 2009.

M’Villa could join us, as he recently declared some form of interest by saying playing under a French coach would be best for his development:

‘Inter, Arsenal, Real. These are great clubs.

‘If the coach calls you and tells you he wants you to make you play, especially a French coach, it changes everything.

‘The important thing for me is getting playing time for the France team.’

It seems he wants to play for us and he certainly has the quality to do so. But his asking price will more than likely increase with the likes of Inter and Real interested in him. But how far could they really go is yet to be seen. Even the player himself knows that. He is great value for money and a top class player who can and will achieve great things in years to come.

So, do we need him? I think so.

Francis Coquelin, Alex Song, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are all brilliant players, but adding M’Vila to the mix would most definitely bring about great competition for places and keep the current crop of midfielders on their toes.

In my opinion, Wenger should break the bank for him, but only if the amount remains reasonable. If not we can look elsewhere.

But when you look at it from a competitive point of view, those who have broken the bank to buy players, who are worthy of their price-tag, have gone on to enjoy success as seasons have past. So I say why not. Let’s add some more depth and quality to what is an already gifted squad.

What do you guys reckon – Should we break our club transfer record to sign M’Vila this summer?

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