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Arsenal need £9m to land Valencia ace

Valencia's Adil RamiArsenal appear to be closing in on Valencia’s Adil Rami, after the Spanish club indicated they would now be willing to relinquish him, talkSPORT reports.

The central defender is thought to been keen on exiting the Mestalla, but Valencia had been maintaining that they would not sell this summer.

Manager Miroslav Dukic appears to have had a change of heart though, with Valencia now ready to listen to offers in the region of £9m for the 27-year-old.

Rami has been linked with Manchester City and is supposedly being tracked by Juventus.

However, Arsenal are reported to hold a strong interest in the Frenchman, with Thomas Vermaelen set to miss the start of the season through injury.

A report in The Express last month quoted Rami saying: “My desire is to find a bigger club.”

French sports newspaper L’Equipe suggested around the same time that Borussia Dortmund were interested in the 6ft 2in player.

Since his move to Spain in 2011, for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m-£9m, Rami has made 89 appearances for Valencia.

Previously he was at Lille, where he made 160 appearances and won a Ligue 1 title.

He is also a full international, with 26 caps to his name.

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