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Arsenal consider £8m Adil Rami bid

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Arsenal and Manchester City will battle it out for the signature of Valencia centre-back Adil Rami this summer.

The Daily Star say reports in Italy claim the Premier League duo are both keen to sign 28-year-old defender, who has spent the second half of the season on loan at AC Milan after falling foul of Valencia management following his decision to speak out against the club’s decision to sell Roberto Soldado and Tino Costa last summer.

France international Rami has impressed during his loan spell at the San Siro, where he has netted three goals in 16 Serie A appearances. And it’s believed Valencia will agree to sell the central defender if they receive a bid of between £5-8m.

Rami would have more chance cementing a first-team place at Manchester City than Arsenal. While City centre-back Martin Demichelis’s performances have improved over recent weeks, the former Argentina international turns 34 next season and has largely been an unreliable option for the Premier League title contenders this term.

Manuel Pellegrini may decide to bring in Rami as Vincent Kompany’s main defensive partner from the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

At Arsenal, Rami would face the difficult task of trying to break up the excellent defensive partnership between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. However, with the future of club captain Thomas Vermaelen currently up in the air, there is likely to be a place in the Gunners’ squad for the Frenchman next season.

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