Adil Rami
Adil Rami

Long term Arsenal target Adil Rami is on the verge of leaving Valencia after clashing with newly appointed manager Miroslav Dukic.

The French centre-back has spent the last two seasons at the Mestalla but has reportedly been told that he can leave the club, with Spanish newspaper Marca reporting that they will listen to offers of around €9m.

Rami has recently been linked with both Manchester City and Arsenal but it may well be the north London club who decide to pursue their interest after a number of injuries to central defenders in pre-season.

Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for some three months, while Laurent Koscielny picked up an ankle injury leaving Per Mertesacker as the only fit first choice centre-back.

Arsenal had been strongly linked with Swansea City defender Ashley Williams but interest seems to have cooled and manager Arsene Wenger may well decide that Rami is a better option, especially at such a low price.

The Gunners were believed to be interested in the France international back in the summer of 2011 when he had played a major role in helping Lille win the Ligue 1 title. Rami's teammate Gervinho did make the move to the Emirates but eventually the defender decided to join Valencia.

Despite impressing in his two seasons at the Spanish club, Marca reports that he has clashed badly with Dukic who has decided that he does not want Rami to be a bad influence next season and will therefore attempt to find a buyer in the coming weeks.

Arsenal would seemingly be a perfect fit for the 27 year old but much will depend on whether Wenger views signing a central defender as a priority.

Much of the summer has been spent trying to bring a world class forward to the club and negotiations are still ongoing with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez who appears to be the number one target.

However, should Wenger decide to pursue Rami then he may well discover there is plenty of competition as there are said to be several European clubs interested in gaining his signature.