Arsene Wenger has rejected the idea that Arsenal have already wrapped-up the signing of France international Yann M’Vila, going so far as to deny there was ever any interest in the Rennes player, ESPN
The London Evening Standard notes however that Arsenal have long been admirers of the defensive midfielder and that reports had indicated a fee in the region of £17m had been agreed between M’Vila’s current club and suitors Arsenal. But the newspaper adds that while there was interest in the player a year ago and talks were held with M’Vila’s representatives, the notion they have been resurrected for this summer is incorrect.
Wenger, quoted by ESPN, said of stories regarding an imminent move for M’Vila: “It’s not true. There is not any interest at the moment. We have not been in touch with anybody, we have not made an offer to buy anybody and we are nowhere near to buying anybody at the moment.”
Arsenal have already concluded the signing of Germany international Lukas Podolski, the Daily Telegraph confirms, but Wenger insisted Arsenal’s focus for the time-being was on the qualifying for the Champions League.
With one game left to go this season the Gunners are third, and victory over West Bromwich Albion in Roy Hodgson’s final game in charge at the Hawthorns would be enough to leave Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United disappointed in the battle for third place.
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