Arsenal close to record M’Vila signing

Arsenal will follow up the purchase of forward Lukas Podolski with the signing of France international midfielder Yann M’Vila, breaking the club’s transfer record in the process, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Arsene Wenger has chased M’Vila for some time now but the newspaper reveals that the deal to bring the Rennes player to the Emirates Stadium is near completion, with a fee in the region of £17m expected, surpassing the £15m paid for Andrei Arshavin. However, the Telegraph notes that the transfer is not likely to be completed before Arsenal’s final game of the season, away at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, a match that will prove vital to the Gunners’ hopes of playing in next season’s Champions League.

M’Vila, 21, is a defensive-minded midfield player with 18 international caps to his name since making his France bow in August 2010, called into the national team squad by Laurent Blanc after France’s World Cup 2010 debacle, when the side was eliminated in the group stages and a number of senior players at one point called a strike.

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