Arsene Wenger is making his much awaited push for getting quality into the Emirates by offering £22m for highly rated holding midfielder Yann M'Vila. Rennes had rejected his initial bid of £15m.
Can't see how they can reject an offer that increases the initial amount by almost 50%. This is a record Arsenal bid for an incoming transfer.
Wenger's midfield reconstruction will not be complete without getting a quality creative midfielder and the first choice is Eden Hazard whose club Lille have said is off the table. Reports suggest that might not be the case with the 22 year old indicating a willingness to move if the right club came knocking. A bid of £25m is being prepared for him which should sway Lille's mind. A cheaper and equally attractive option would be to get Sochaux's Marvin Martin or "little Xavi" as he's more popularly known.
There are reports linking Real's Raul Albiol who has fallen out of first squad contention with Arsenal's need to bolster central defense. Frankly, he leaves one cold. Having seen him in some El Clasicos and La Liga matches he comes across as slow and error prone. The Premiership will eat him alive. Wenger is better advised to go for quality within the league.