Arsene Wenger is planning a squad overhaul in the summer and midfield is an area he is looking to bolster with Rennes star Yann M'Vila known to be high on his wanted list.
However the Frenchman does have other targets should he be priced out of a move and has been keeping tabs on Cameroon star Mbia for the last 12 months with a view to making a move.
Mbia's is a defensive midfielder, just like M'Vila, but he can also drop into defence and the 25-year-old's versatility appeals to Wenger, while he would also be considerably cheaper.
Meanwhile, the Italian press are also reporting that Inter Milan are keen on the player and the Gunners face a battle to land him should they pursue a move.
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