Arsenal midfielder target 'could join Barca' next summer

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Rennes are almost resigned to losing Arsenal target Yann M'Vila next summer, with interest in the French midfielder expected to hit fever pitch after Euro 2012.

France, though, have yet to qualify for the tournament next summer, but are one point clear at the top of Group D going into the final round of fixtures.

However, should France fail to progress to the championships, it is unlikely to extinguish the admiration numerous clubs - including Arsenal - have of M'Vila, and Rennes are prepared for all eventualities.

And, says Frederic Antonetti, he would not be surprised if Barcelona made a formal approach for the 21-year-old next year.

"With us he will be able to keep fresh and will be well prepared for Euro 2012 as well," explained Antonetti, the coach of the Ligue 1 club.

"Then he will take flight and will go very high in the game because there are very few players like him.

"If he continues the way he is going, he could end up playing in front of the Barca defence."


Arsenal are believed to have made enquiries as to the availability of M'Vila prior to the transfer deadline, but were put off by his exorbitant price tag.

Rennes reportedly quoted Arsenal a valuation of £24 million, with Arsene Wenger not prepared to part with a sum that significant.

Gunners attacker Andrey Arshavin has since expressed his regret that Arsenal were unable to add some extra bite to their midfield with the acquisition of M'Vila.

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