Adil Rami Reportedly Drawing Interest from Arsenal and Manchester City

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2013

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 07: Adil Rami of Valencia looks on before the UEFA Champions League group F match between Valencia CF and FC BATE Borisov at Estadi de Mestalla on November 7, 2012 in Valencia, Spain. Valencia won 4-2.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Manchester City are on high alert after Valencia placed centre-back Adil Rami on the transfer list for speaking out against coach Miroslav Djukic.

The French defender spoke to Cadena Ser about his unhappiness regarding the club’s decision to continue selling big stars, as reported by Ben Jefferson of the Express:

In the dressing room there is only confusion since we lost [Roberto] Soldado, [Alberto] Costa and [David] Albelda.

[Coach Miroslav] Djukic doesn't say things to your face.

As per Jefferson’s report, Spanish newspaper Super Deporte also indicates Valencia have punished Rami by transfer-listing him and serving up a fine.

Rami was linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer, per David McDonnell of the Mirror. Instead, new Etihad boss Manuel Pellegrini chose to sign Martin Demichelis as vital cover for Vincent Kompany.

Arsene Wenger is also said to be interested in the player who has made four appearances for Valencia in all competitions this season. The ball-playing defender has partnered Laurent Koscielny at international level and would certainly compete for a place in Arsenal's first team.

Thomas Vermaelen continues to struggle with form and fitness, ensuring Rami's arrival would give Arsenal quality options beyond Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

The North London club are also said to be keeping tabs on Juan Mata, according to James Dickenson of the Express:

Mata has been pushed down the pecking order at Chelsea this season, with Mourinho indicating he prefers Oscar in the No. 10 role.

Despite claiming he wants to keep the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge, Mata could look for a move in the New Year if he continues to be overlooked.

The 25-year-old was dropped from Spain's most recent squad, and may be concerned about regaining his place with next summer's World Cup looming.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01:  Neymar (L) of Barcelona competes for the ball with Adil Rami of Valencia during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on September 1, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimade
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Having recently spent £42.4 million to bring in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, Wenger finally looks to be eyeing up world-class names on a regular basis.

Should the ex-Valencia man continue to falter under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also lining up for his signature. As ever, Wenger faces a tug of war to land targets who can make a real difference to his team.

While Rami's future looks set to take place away from the Mestalla, both Arsenal and Manchester City face competition from Barcelona to land the coveted defender.