Arsenal to reward Song with pay rise as Wenger closes in on France midfielder M'Vila
06:45 GMT, 27 March 2012
Arsenal will offer influential midfielder Alex Song a bumper pay-rise to commit his long-term future to the club.
And manager Arsene Wenger will look to strengthen his defensive midfield options further with a big-money summer move for Yann M’Vila.
Song, 24, has been in sparkling form in recent months, something that has coincided with Arsenal’s resurgence.
Midfield maestro: Alex Song (left) is set to be rewarded with a new deal
The Cameroon international’s existing deal is worth around 55,000 a week and expires in the summer of 2014. But Wenger has instructed chief executive Ivan Gazidis to begin talks with Song with a view to securing his long-term future before the start of next season.
Song is expected to be offered a five-year deal worth around 75,000 a week — making him one of the club’s highest earners.
Arsenal bound Yann M'Vila is expected to leave Rennes this summer
France international M’Vila has emerged as the club’s first-choice target for a holding midfielder.
Rennes are resigned to losing the 21-year-old and will consider offers in excess of 17million.
Arsenal are also expected to announce the signing of Germany striker Lukas Podolski this week.