Liverpool, as well as Manchester United, have sent scouts to run the rule over Arsenal midfield target Yann M’vila, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.
The Gunners are believed to have also sent representatives to watch over the 22-year-old they were heavily linked with over the summer in Rennes’ game against Lille on Friday.
M’vila, who has 22 caps for France and featured in Euro 2012 for Les Blues, was also linked with a move to Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham but failed to secure a route out of the Ligue 1 club, with manager Frédéric Antonetti insisting he will now stay put until at least the end of the season.
However both Tuttomercatoweb and Goal claim both Liverpool and Manchester United could be lining a potential swoop for M’vila in January, with Rennes said to be ready to cash in on one of their key assets, whose current deal expires in 2014.
Arsenal, who reports in May suggested had concluded a deal for M’vila, are monitoring developments at Rennes and could still make a move.
United have long been linked with a host of midfield targets over the past few seasons as they try and find a replacement for Paul Scholes at Old Trafford, however M'vila would be more likley to come in as a holding midfielder rather than a creative playmaker.
Liverpool were briefly linked with a move for M'vila in March, but appear well stocked in midfield after arrival at Anfield of Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid - although the presence of scouts from Merseyside could hint at long-term plans, especially if Sahin heads back to Spain at the end of the season.
M’vila has endured a difficult start to the season with Rennes, and was recently booed off by his own fans in the 2-1 defeat against Lorient last month.
Doubts over his personal life away from the pitch were reportedly a factor in his inability to secure a move to the Premier League, something he admits is an area he is working on.
“When training ends, I now do some ultra-physical exercises,” he said last month. I try to eat better. I have to do this to reach a new level.
"I have also said goodbye to lots of friends, fake friends to be more precise. It is up to me to be more careful."
Tuttomercatoweb also report that Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were at the game to cast an eye over young Lille prospect, Lucas Digne.