Manchester United and Arsenal target Adil Rami insists he will not be motivated by money amid interest from super-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United would be unlikely to match the wages on offer from Anzhi, so his comments could give them some encouragement in convincing him a switch to Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford would be ideal.
However, he did not only say money wasn’t the main motivation for him but also claimed he was happy with current side Valencia.
“I am very well here and there are still two years until the end of my contract," he is quoted as saying on TuttoMercatoWeb.
"For me the most important thing is to play. Money does not matter to me at this time in my life.”
Arsenal’s defence this season has been porous and an interest in Rami could be to do with shoring up the back line.
Sebastien Squillaci will likely leave on a free transfer at the end of the season and Swiss centre-back Johan Djourou’s future at the club looks bleak after he was sent out on loan to Hannover in the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s interest could be to do with slight age and injury concerns surrounding Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic respectively.
Signing 27-year-old Rami would mean a more polished addition to a back line that would have a young average age were the two veterans to move on.