Arsenal midfield target Yann M'Vila has opened the door to a summer move from Rennes.
The French international was heavily linked with a move away from Route de Lorient during the transfer window, with Arsene Wenger making a big-money bid for the 21-year-old in August.
And, whilst Les Rouges et Noirs held firm, the player is ready to make his move away from the club, although would prefer to wait until the summer rather than a January switch.
“I feel ready to leave now. I just don’t think it’s a good idea with Euro 2012 coming up,” he told FIFA.com.
The remarks come 24 hours after teammate Kader Mangane told Goal.com that M'Vila would join Arsenal or Real Madrid at the end of the season.
It now appears clear that Arsene Wenger's main rival for the player's signature is Jose Mourinho, with 'the special one' eager to add M'Vila to his ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, the Frenchman is a huge admirer of his young compatriot, and was reported to have made several bids for M'Vila following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri from the Emirates in the transfer window.
Valued in the region of £25 million, Arsenal will be wary that a bidding war with the Spanish giants could see the player's price tag quickly increase - a major concern given the Gunners chief's frugal nature when it comes to such business.
However, the comments will be a major boost to all involved at Arsenal, who will now be working hard to prepare an offer for both club and player that can entice M'Vila to north London.