Arsenal are leading Inter Milan in the race to sign Yann M’Vila, but will have to fight them off to keep Alex Song.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the Stade Rennes star is likely to cost around £20million and that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has the edge in transfer negotiations.
However, it also claims the Serie A side have aback-up plan to raid Emirates Stadium for current defensive midfield anchor Alex Song if Arsenal beat them to the signature of M’Vila.
The 21-year-old is highly rated in Europe and his club have publicly confirmed that he will be leaving in the summer.
M’Vila is expected to turn out for France at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine this summer, so a successful tournament for him is likely to drive up the price.
However, Arsenal are unlikely to let Song leave as he has become a key member of their first team and the report claims that they are ready to offer him an improved deal to significantly raise his current wages of around £55,000 a week.