Arsenal prepare 'improved' £22m midfielder bid - reports

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Arsenal are being linked with an improved offer for French midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Arsene Wenger is preparing a bid in the region of £22 million for the Rennes star, with the Frenchman eager to bolster his ranks in the position following Cesc Fabregas' departure and Samir Nasri's imminent exit.

"We are short in midfield at the moment and that is where we want to strengthen," Wenger told the official Arsenal website ahead of tonight's Champions League second leg qualifier against Udinese.

"We will see what we can do. We are working very hard on the transfer market."

21-year-old M'Vila has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer despite Rennes director of football, Pierre Dreossi, ruling out the sale amidst reports Arsenal had made a £15 million bid for the player.

Reports in The Guardian on Monday claimed that Arsenal were closing on a deal for the player, although the £12 million fee cited has dramatically risen in the past days if the latest story in The Mail is to be believed.


With Jack Wilshere suffering an injury setback with the Gunners on Monday, and latest reports claiming the England international could be out of action for up to six weeks, M'Vila appears to be a realistic target for Arsenal with just over a week remaining in the transfer market.

Joey Barton, Marvin Martin and Eden Hazard have also been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, although time appears to be running out on the Frenchman after a slow start to the season in North London.

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