After Podolski and El Shaarawy, now M’Vila is tempted by Arsenal
Rennes star Yann M'Vila keen on summer move, Joe Cole wanted by Aston Villa
FOLLOWING claims in both the Sun and the Mirror that Lukas Podolski has finally agreed to a £10 million move to Arsenal, and with Gazetto dello Sport saying that the north London club are interested in AC Milan midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy, there is news that another summer signing might be on the cards for the Gunners.
Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, a target for Arsene Wenger last summer, has paved the way for a big money deal by admitting he would find it hard to turn down a move to the Arsenal. The Daily Mail reports that the £22million-rated France international would welcome a move to a club managed by a Frenchman.
M'Vila's boss Frederic Antonetti accepts his star is likely to leave. “Yann M'Vila won't be a Stade Rennais player next season,” he told Radio Monte Carlo last month. Wenger is keen to avoid a repeat of Arsenal's transfer fiasco last summer when the Frenchman left his decisions to the last minute.
The Daily Star, meanwhile, says that Joe Cole, if he isn’t offered an extension on his contract at Lille this summer, could be heading to Aston Villa. Cole has got his career back on track at the French club and would welcome a return to the Premier League. PSG, where Cole’s former boss at Chelsea Carlo Ancelotti is now in charge, are also said to be interested.
Meanwhile as Manchester City continue to flounder, the Daily Star reports that Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini is planning a summer clear-out in order to meet UEFA's Financial Fair Play Rules. Among those who City are looking to offload are Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, available at a bargain £1.5million, and left-back Wayne Bridge, a snip at just £1m.
Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor – currently on loan at Spurs and in a rich vein of form – has been slapped with a £10m price tag and sulky South American Carlos Tevez will set back any club brave enough to buy him a cool £28m. The Star also claims Mancini would be prepared to see the back of Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko provided the offer meets his expectation.
In other news, the Metro reports that Gareth Bale would be unlikely to say no to either Barcelona or Real Madrid. The twinkle-toed Tottenham Taff, who was in impressive form in yesterday's win against Swansea, has been monitored by Europe's top clubs ever since his impressive displays for the Lilywhites in last season's Champions League.
Still only 22, Bale was asked what he would do if an offer came in from one of the Spanish sides: "If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real would they turn it down? Probably not," he replied, adding: "If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it." The Metro says Spurs would be "loathe" to let the winger go, and would do so only if the offer on the table was in excess of £40m.