Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Both The Sun and The Times claim today that Arsenal have switched their attention from one French defensive midfielder to another.
For close to a year now, the transfer gossips have been telling us that Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila was heading to the Emirates and was Arsene Wenger’s first choice to partner Alex Song in front of the defence.
But today, both of Rupert Murdoch’s papers say Wenger is not so keen on M’Vila with a reporting asking price of £22.5million and interest from the likes of Manchester City and Inter Milan.
Unlike M’Vila, Capoue is not heading to Euro 2012 with France and is yet to play for the national team despite appearances at youth level.
Whilst M’Vila’s robust tackling and clever use of possession will be a feature of the upcoming international tournament, Capoue’s asking price is unlikely to alter – likely to be hover around the 10-12 million euros mark.
Capoue has established himself as one of the most promising defensive midfielders in Ligue 1, clocking up over 100 appearances and he is still relatively young at 23.
Interestingly, whilst some Arsenal fans will be fuming over Arsene Wenger’s lack of ambition and refusal to splash the cash, there is no mention of any Gunners interest in Etienne Capoue in the French press this morning.