France international Yann M’Vila appears to be closing in on a move away from current club Rennes, amid continued links to a number of English clubs in the past 18 months.
Arsenal, Tottenham, QPR and Manchester United are all likely suitors of the Frenchman after he admitted to being “open to offers” of a move away from the French club.
M’Vila has made 131 appearances for Rennes including 14 this season, where he has been absent since sustaining an injury against PSG in mid-November.
The 22-year-old Frenchman was quoted as saying: “I am at Rennes at the moment so let’s see what happens.
“If the club receive a good offer and I like the destination then I will go, there is no doubt about that. Until that happens, nothing can be said.”
The holding midfielder, who has made 22 senior appearances for France, denies any official approach has been made. However this has done little to halt speculation of a move to United.
M’Vila is in the mould of a player United lack and holding midfielders such as M’Vila and Strootman have been courted for a while by Sir Alex Ferguson.
United’s engine room has been much maligned and criticized for the last few years. While the partnership of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley is showing plenty of promise, the capture of Yann M’Vila would bring a new dimension to the squad which could prove vital this season.
One snag is that M’Vila has had a few problems with discipline in the early stages of his career. He has served a ban from the French national team, following his refusal to shake Olivier Giroud’s hand after he was replaced by the Arsenal striker in a match during the European Championships in the summer. Currently, M’Vila is banned from the national team until June 2014 after he broke a curfew on U21 duty.
Although he certainly has a few disciplinary problems, the move could prove to be an astute one as M’Vila’s talent is unquestionable. With a £12 million fee being touted, he would certainly represent value for money considering he has the potential to blossom into one of the best holding midfielders on the planet, given the right management. Sir Alex could be willing to enter the fray at the knock-down price, especially after how well the purchase of another controversial Frenchman went over 20 years ago.