The French international has been linked with several clubs in the past 12 months. But on paper does a move to Stamford Bridge seem the most likely option?
He was of the many players linked with a move to a new club this summer; in fact his name has popped up more than most; mainly due to the apparent lowly status of current employers Rennes as a Ligue 1 middle-of-the-run team and his by comparison high-profile. A French international highly rated on every football platform game you can lay your hands on and featuring in Nike adverts it could be hard to disbelieve the hype.
However there is little doubt that Yann M’Vila is a very talented footballer; and more than likely a very sought after man.
In the summer he was linked with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and many others; he even turned down a move to Zenit Saint Petersburg after expressing his fears of encountering racism at the Russian champions (a move vindicated in hindsight this week).
There are of course many stumbling blocks to a potential move. Firstly there is his apparent disciplinary problems and often inconsistent form. Currently serving a lengthy suspension for the French national team after breaking a curfew before a disparaging performance against Norway saw the under-21’s fail to qualify for the Euros. As for his form he goes from imperious to lacklustre sometimes game-by-game; however his performances are so good when he is at his best he is more than likely worth the risk.
Then there is the price-tag. Rennes are not one of the teams in France in desperate need of balancing the books and are financially secure. The reported size of the package put together to agree a fee with Zenit should serve as a warning to any potential suitors that deep pockets are necessary.
Arsenal have been linked with the player and on paper the boot fits. Midfield coverage is a potential avenue in January for Arsene Wenger and his Gallic representation cannot hurt. However Wenger and co hate overpaying for a player and that may see them out of the running.
Tottenham are another perpetually linked team. However Andre Villas Boas confirmed this week that he has no plans to buy in January; citing the return to fitness of Scott Parker, Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto as good as new purchases.
So where in the Premier League could he end up?
Chelsea must be considered a definite option.
A need for a central midfield player? Check. Deep pockets? Check. Big enough club for M’Vila? Check. All the ingredients are there for this signing to occur.
Some may raise concern about a lack of French speakers at Chelsea; which can be a deciding factor when players move from abroad. However despite only outcast Florent Malouda being the one recognised Frenchman in the squad the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta are fluent Francophones who could help him settle in. If not international team-mates such as Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Hugo Lloris and more all currently play in the city.
So on paper it would seem a great move for Chelsea to go in for Yann M’Vila.
Would you like to see M’Vila at Stamford Bridge?
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