Rennes insist there's no pressure to sell M'Vila with Arsenal and Tottenham poised

The summer-long saga surrounding Yann M'Vila is no closer to completion after Rennes admitted only tentative contact has been made from interested parties.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both expressed an interest in bringing the France international to north London, while Manchester City have lined M'Vila up as a replacement for Nigel de Jong should he leave before Friday's deadline. 

The 22-year-old is one of the most highly-regarded players in Ligue 1 and was one of few players to emerge from France's Euro 2012 campaign with any credit.

Yann the man: Rennes insist they have no need to sell star man M'Vila

Yann the man: Rennes insist they have no need to sell star man M'Vila


His performances last season led to a flurry of early interest during the summer, but Rennes' strong financial position has meant they hold all the advantage in negotiations.

And speaking to the Guardian, the club's general manager Pierre Dreossi claims there may not be a conclusion to any deal this week.

'We have had some contact, but not much more than that,' he said. 'The longer it drags on, the more we think he will (stay at the club).

'We are lucky to have a financial backer who has the means to wait another six months or a year (before selling). So if Yann has to stay, then good. We will be stronger with him.'

M'Vila continues to play for Rennes and scored a stunning long-range winner in their weekend win over Bastia.