Arsenal set to sign Yann M'Vila as Bayern pull out

Jun 21, 2012
Bill Mann

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Ian Walton

ARSENAL are closing in on their third signing of the summer. Having already secured Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal are set to make it a hat-trick after the agent of Yann M'Vila said Bayern Munich have called off the chase for the Rennes midfielder.

The German powerhouse was the Gunners' only serious competition for the hand of M'Vila (despite his agent's hopes of getting Inter Milan to make an offer) but it now appears they've thought better than taking on Arsenal in a bidding war. Speaking to the French press, most of whom were in need of some idle gossip to take their minds off Les Bleus' humiliating defeat at the hands of Sweden, M'Vila's agent Werner Baader admitted: "We had contact with Bayern Munich over Yann M'Vila [but] he is not the kind of player they are looking for at Bayern. They are looking for someone in this position, but they want somebody with different abilities."

Baader didn't elaborate on what those "different abilities" might be, leaving some to speculate that Bayern simply came to the conclusion that they can't offer M'Vila what Arsenal can: namely, an empty trophy cabinet.

What news of Robin van Persie today? Well, it seems that he is off... Off to Asia with the rest of the Gunners on their pre-season tour after the failure of the Dutch squad to progress beyond the group stages of Euro 2012.

The Daily Mail reports that the striker, who is rumoured to be wanted by Manchester City and Juventus, is expected back at Arsenal in the second week of July and will join his team mates in  Malaysia, China and Hong Kong later that month, unlike other Arsenal players who make it through to the knock-out stages of the tournament. Arsene Wenger is convinced that Van Persie will still be with the club next season even though he has yet to sign a new contract. However, no other club is thought to have made an official offer for the player.

Arsenal and Chelsea are going head to head in the race to sign Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The Daily Mirror reports that the 25-year-old Frenchman, currently with Les Bleus in the European Championships, has "welcomed the interest" from both clubs such is his desire to play in the Champions League.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is out in the Ukraine as a co-commentator for French television and the Nutty Professsor has reportedly been keeping a close eye on Ben Arfa, who joined Newcastle from Marseille in 2010.

Chelsea have been linked with the Frenchman for several months but now that they have purchased Eden Hazard and Marko Marin it may be that Ben Arfa feels he'd get more game time with the Gunners.

In other news the agent of Javi Garcia has told Manchester City that they have as much chance of signing his client as Jimmy Carr has of ever being taken seriously again. The Sky Blues have long been linked to the 25-year-old Garcia, a midfielder with a burgeoning reputation, but in an interview with Portuguese rag A Bola, Manuel García Quillon said: "I have had no proposal from England about Javi. He renewed with Benfica and we have nothing more to say."

Pressed on whether Garcia could leave Benfica if City come in with an obscene amount of money, Quillon said: "He will continue at Benfica."

Another Portuguese sensation linked with a move to Manchester is Porto winger James Rodriguez. According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are keeping tabs on him and some media reports even claim Fergie has already had an offer rejected by his club. It is not known how much United are prepared to pay for the 20-year-old, but it is unlikely to be enough to trigger his release clause, which is said to stand at £40m. According to the player's agent the situation is "very complex"

One deal signed, sealed and delivered concerns Wigan star Mohamed Diame.The Senegal international was mooted as a possible Liverpool target earlier in the month but the 25-year-old midfielder clearly has his sights set on bigger things, hence his decision to join West Ham United. The Hammers' official website announced the three-year deal and manager Sam Allardyce said of Diame: "He will be a very exciting addition to the squad."

England goalkeeper Rob Green has sealed his switch from West Ham to QPR. The stopper is currently with Roy Hodgson's squad and will officially become a Rangers player on July 1.

Elsewhere Talksport claim that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is in demand among a trio of Premier League clubs. Apparently Liverpool, QPR and Newcastle are all hot on the heels of the 19-year-old after the teenage sensation was told he didn't have a future at the Bernabeu.

Talksport say that the Spanish Under-19 regular has instructed his agent to "offer him around English clubs", and it is believed QPR are front of the queue and have let it be known they'll happily pay him £30,000-a-week if he promises to keep them in the Premier League.

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"they can't offer M'Vila what Arsenal can: namely, an empty trophy cabinet."Are you completely stupid??? Only manu and liverpool have won more.... dummy !!!

Yeah coz Bayern won the treble last year didn't they?

what a stupid journalist...
"they can't offer M'Vila what Arsenal can: namely, an empty trophy cabinet." I guess you were living in another planet until 2005 ?

Why are they not giving Sports Author of the Year to this Guy. Do you need any more proof?. Are they giving it only to people who are sane?

All this talk about M'Vila... and he wont offer Arsenal much more than they already have. Wenger, get a good attacker like Ben Arfa for endless options. Song and Frimpong can hold that defensive midfield.

Bill, whats your problem? You obviously don't like Arsenal. Lets hope M'Vila helps Arsenal win 14 league/ premier trophy or our 11 FA Cup. Wenger has given up on youth (greedy players), and now will revert to the previous formula, identify the best players to ensure we get immediate success.

You sad London Git. H B-A is going nowhere cos he knows he's always got a game @ the TOON. He would look so out of place at the Gooners cos he plays propa football. Dream yr silly nightmares somewhere else you sad london plonka. HWTL.

Georgia, not another Geordie with an oversized mouth and inflated opinion! You wouldn't know decent football if it kicked you in the face. You're so inbred in your part of the World, everything starts and finishes in Durham.

Bill, you are a numpty. You obviously hate Arsenal for whatever reason. I would suspect you are a Spuds fan. Anyway, remind me again the last time you won the league? I don't know as I am only 50 years old!

I don't mean to just point one quote out from the article, but an "empty trophy cabinet" seriously?! for god sake people speak about arsenal like they havn't won anything in about 50 years. Jesus

What is this 5pur2 fan that calls himself a journalist writing about Arsenal and trophyless Cabinet?
Serious have you checked Arsenal trophy room???

It's pretty obvious this journalist is an Arsenal hater. So bayern won at least a title i suppose?