Arsenal have been handed a boost in their purported efforts to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila after the Ligue 1 club's sporting director confirmed they would be willing to negotiate at the end of the season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the prodigiously gifted France international and has been perpetually credited as the main protagonist for the 21-year-old's signature.
In addition to Arsenal, their Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with the tough-tackling defensive midfielder, and Rennes' Jean-Francois Creachcadec has intimated they would be willing to part with their talismanic star in the summer.
Arsenal had been strongly linked with the M'Vila in the last few weeks of the August transfer window and although Arsene Wenger subsequently denied making a bid for the player, Creachcadec intimated they had received an interesting offer "from England".
Arsenal were widely reported to have made a bid in the region of £22 million for the established France international and although the club record bid was never confirmed, Wenger's admiration is well documented.
"In the summer we are ready to listen to interesting offers," he told TuttoMercatoWeb.
"He is a player of very high technical value and, therefore, also of very high economic value.
"In late summer, we received a good offer from England, but it was too late."
Nicknamed the 'pit-bull', M'Vila's tough-tackling and industrious displays have alerted a host of Europe's top clubs in addition to Arsenal.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been mentioned as possible suitors, but M'Vila's club teammate Kadar Mangane recently hinted Arsenal or Real Madrid were the favourites to land the hugely talented youngster.
"There has been no decision taken so far," Mangane told Goal.com of M'Vila's much talked about future.
"He might go to England but he also likes the Spanish league. I don't think he will leave in January but I think he will join Real Madrid or Arsenal next summer.
"The top clubs are right to scout him as I see him with a big career in front of him. Yann has the potential to be one of the biggest players in the world. He has extraordinary abilities."