Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic has reportedly told Los Che defender Adil Rami he is no longer welcome at the club following disparaging comments made by the French international towards his manager in the Spanish media, prompting interest for the 27-year-old’s signature from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Arsenal, Man City and La Liga champions Barcelona are all thought to be interested in the stopper, who has become a regular in Les Bleus’ squad since making his major tournament debut against England at World Cup 2010.
Rami boasts a wealth of experience in European club competition as the veteran of former club Lille’s 13-game run to the last 16 of the Europa League in 2009/10 and helped Valencia to the semi-finals of the same competition two seasons ago.
He also won the Ligue 1 and French cup double with unfashionable Les Dogues and has faced Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG in his 12 Champions League appearances for the Mestalla club in the last two campaigns.
Arsene Wenger has been tracking the player for a while and Arsenal’s short-handedness at centre-back – with 5ft 9in right-back Bacary Sagna deployed in front of Wojciech Szczesny on occasion so far this term – reportedly prompted the Emirates gaffer to enquire about Rami’s availability during the last transfer window.
Man City are thought to be keen on the player after being caught out by a number of injuries at the back in the first few games of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini also had to field an emergency convert at centre-back in the form of Javi Garcia in the Citizens’ away league ties against Cardiff and Stoke with mixed results and need more reliable cover at the back if they are to regain the title they won in 2011/12 at odds of 9/5.
Rami’s claims on Spanish radio that his manager ‘doesn’t say things to your face’ is not the first time the player has strayed across the line into ill-discipline.
His tenth-minute sending off for bringing down Wilfried Bony in Valencia’s 3-0 Europa League loss to Swansea at the Mestalla was Rami’s fifth red card since joining the Mediterranean coast club just over two years ago.