M'Vila set for 2012 switch

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Rennes have admitted that highly-rated midfielder Yann M'Vila could leave the club next summer.

Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the French international, with wide-ranging reports in England claiming Arsene Wenger tabled a club-record £22 million offer for the player during the summer transfer window.

The Gunners were unable to secure the services of the 21-year-old though, with Les Rouges et Noirs able to keep hold of their prized asset in Ligue 1.

However, coach Frederic Antonetti has accepted that the chances of M'Vila staying at the Route de Lorient until the end of his contract in 2015 are slim, and the club could easily lose the player after the European Championships next summer.

"With us he will be able to keep fresh and will be well prepared for Euro 2012 as well," Antonetti told French publication L'Equipe.


"Then he will take flight and will go very high in the game because there are very few players like him.

"If he continues the way he is going, he could end up playing in front of the Barca defence."

Despite failing to secure the services of M'Vila in August, Wenger was busy strengthening his midfield area with the additions of Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea and Mikel Arteta from Everton. Neither fall into the defensive midfield category of the Frenchman though.

Whilst the Spanish giants Antonetti refers to haven't been linked with the player thus far, a handful of other clubs across Europe are thought to be keen and Arsenal are likely to face strong competition should they continue their pursuit at the end of the season.

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