Arsenal and Manchester City set to miss out on France defender target

Arsenal and Manchester City target Adil Rami is reportedly close to securing a permanent move to AC Milan from Valencia.

Adil Rami, a 28-year-old France international, has been outstanding on loan at AC Milan from Valencia this term, emerging as an experienced and influential centre-back in Serie A. His fine form and impressive performances have caught the attention of reported Premier League suitors Arsenal and Manchester City, with both the Gunners and the Citizens in desperate need to reinforce their backline this summer.

Adil Rami may be just the type of signing both Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini could prioritise this summer with City likely to sell Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards with a requirement for a partner in central defence for captain Vincent Kompany at the Etihad.

Martin Demichelis’ unconvincing displays this term could see him ousted from favour at City whilst Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave in search of first-team action after slipping behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in Arsene Wenger's selection policy.

At 28, Rami would provide experience and quality as he has proven in both Serie A, La Liga, and Ligue 1 in his native France where he earned his reputation with Lille prior to his move in 2011.

However, if the Gunners and Citizens don’t act fast, reports in Italy suggest AC Milan are keen to employ Rami on a permanent basis. His contract with Valencia enters its final year in June and one would suspect the La Liga giants will likely offload him to the highest bidder this summer.

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