French international Adil Rami is prepared to turn down money in favor of football and the Valencia defender’s admission will give hope to Arsenal to pip Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala in the race to sign the player.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Rami as manager Arsene Wenger is looking at a overhaul of his squad after another season is set to end without any silverware. The Gunners boss is reportedly willing to axe central defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker and could spend £10 million from the huge moneychest he will get in the summer on Rami.

Rami started his career in the 4th division of French football with ES Frejus before making the switch to the Ligue 1 in 2006 with Lille. Known for his imposing physical strength, Rami joined Valencia in 2011 but was loaned back to Lille immediately where he won the League and Cup double.

Having made his international debut in 2010, Rami has quickly cemented his place in the French team and is viewed by many as one of the best centre-backs in Europe.

The Gunners have been given a boost in their efforts to sign Rami after the player expressed his desire to continue playing football over a sizeable wage packet.

The Express quotes Rami saying, “I am very well here and there are still two years until the end of my contract. For me the most important thing is to play. Money does not matter to me at this time in my life.”

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