Defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila is seemingly keen on a move to Arsenal, and is urging the north London club to get ready to make an offer as soon as Euro 2012 comes to an end in July.
"I have heard Arsenal are interested in me," the Rennes player told Sporting Life.
"I like Arsenal and I like the Premier League.
"I don't know what is happening with the clubs, but yes, I would be interested in the Premier League and Arsenal."
It is unconfirmed whether or not the Gunners would be willing to break the bank and spend the supposed £17m that M’vila would command. The French international would be an ideal addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad if the manager can fight off his tendency to sign the more cost-effective option.
It may be argued that Arsenal already have a quality man in this holding midfield role with Alex Song, however the Frenchman would not be a like-for-like replacement.
M’Vila is a genuine defensive midfielder, and any arrival would allow Song, who is looking increasingly creative with age, to push forward and rotate the center midfield role with Mikel Arteta.
Like many of Wenger’s signings, M’Vila is young at 21, however having made 110 appearances for Ligue 1 side Rennes and 20 caps for the national side, he boasts experience beyond his years.