Stephane M'Bia remains desperate to move to Everton, despite possible interest from Arsenal.
The Cameroon international midfielder is desperate to seal a switch to Goodison Park, although he has now revealed that the Gunners have also joined the hunt for his signature.
But despite the Arsenal interest, M'Bia remains intent on moving to Everton, who could yet turn their attentions elsewhere if they cannot agree terms with Rennes.
It is widely reported in France that Marseille's Lorik Cana could become a viable alternative for manager David Moyes, who is desperate to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes on 1st September.
M'Bia knows that Everton will not hang around for ever and has again called on Rennes to let him leave.
"I have just been told that Arsenal are interested as well, but my position is clear - I want to start the season with Everton," Mbia said.
"What Rennes are currently offering me is far behind my demands. Both clubs have to find an agreement to help me leave.
"I'm aware that my directors have declared I won't leave, but it's just a means to make my price higher. I understand their position and I would do the same.
"It's politics. Regarding what I've heard, I know [general manager Pierre] Dreossi is ready to let me leave. From my part, I don't want to play for Rennes anymore.
"Personally I don't worry because English clubs have the resources to sign me. When they really want a player they are ready to spent whatever amount.
"I'm hopeful it will be done by next week. That kind of opportunity only happens once. Everton offer me €1.5 million (£1.2 million) whereas I don't earn the half of it at Rennes.
"Even if I owe everything to this club (Rennes), I have a family to feed, regardless the challenge, which is very interesting.
"It's an ideal springboard for my career."