Arsene Wenger is exploring the possibility of strengthening his squad with the signing of Rennes holding midfielder Yann M’Vila, according to the Guardian.
Rennes value M’Vila, who is contracted to the French club until 2015, at £12m, which Arsenal are undoubtedly capable of financing at present, given the £35m sale of Cesc Fabregas and Wenger still have a large portion of his summer transfer kitty to invest.
Of Congolese descent, M’Vila has featured prominently for France at all levels from U-16s up and is now established in the senior set-up, having earned 11 caps since Laurent Blanc’s appointment in August 2010. Subsequently it is believed that having gained permission from Rennes to speak with M’Vila, Arsenal will do so over the coming days.
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Wenger gets new UEFA ban.
Uefa have issued a two-game touchline ban to Arsene Wenger, after concluding the Arsenal manager’s involvement in his side’s 1-0 win over Udinese last Tuesday, breached the conditions of an existing Champions League sanction against the Frenchman, as reported in the Guardian.
Wenger was serving a touchline ban as Udinese visited the Emirates last week, meaning he was not permitted to communicate with either his players or back room staff during the game. However on review of the game, Uefa have found Wenger guilty of passing messages from his vantage point in Arsenal’s director box, to his assistant Pat Rice through first team coach Boro Primorac.
Additionally Arsenal have been fined £10,000 by Uefa for the improper conduct of their officials and players during the same Udinese game, with the club set to appeal both of these sanctions.
Nasri move still on.
Although Samir Nasri’s move to Manchester City has been jeopardised by the demands of his representatives, the player remains set to become a part of Roberto Mancini’s squad, the London Evening Standard understands.
Nasri’s team of representatives – his father Hamid, Alain Migliaccio and Jean-Pierre Bernes – have demanded a fee of £3m from City for facilitating their man’s move to the Etihad Stadium, which isn’t thought to have been received well by the Manchester club’s power brokers.
However, City are believed to be confident of finalising a deal for Nasri before Arsenal fly out to Italy for the 2nd leg of their Champions League Qualifier with Udinese. Indeed they have strong incentive to do so since if Nasri were to play in that game, the Frenchman would become ineligible to participate in City’s own Champions League campaign, which could result in Mancini shying away from a move for the player.
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