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Arsenal Close In on £12m Striker With Willian to Follow

Gervinho played a key role in Lille’s trophy winning season, but he has been clear to his French club that this summer, he wants out, and prefers a move to the Premier League. Arsenal too have made their interest clear, and reports suggest that the player and Arsenal are involved, or are to be involved in discussions over a potential move.
The Lille general manager Frederic Paquet revealed:

“He wants to go and has developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon have talks with them and see what they offer. He has expressed a desire to go to England and we will see what happens.”

Arsenal’s case for signing the 24 year-old Ivorian are strengthened by the fact that Lille are not willing to sell Gervinho to a fellow French side, reducing any other possible competitors and perhaps avoiding a bidding war between two sides. Arsene Wenger would surely have backed out if a bidding war were to ensue. Paquet said:

“Paris St Germain inquired about Gervinho but we are not thinking about strengthening a competitor.”

Liverpool were said to be interested in signing Gervinho, but that interest seems to have been dampened by Kenny Dalglish’s insistence to sign young, English players, with Connor Wickham of Ipswich as well as Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing all said to be wanted by the Reds. Again, that reduces any competitors for the Ivorian’s signature, and increases Arsenal’s chances of adding to their squad.

With only 12 months to run on his contract, Lille are looking to sell now that the player has confirmed his intent to leave, and are reported to be demanding a fee in the region of £12 million. Despite reported interest from Tottenham, Arsenal are looking the strong favourited to land Gervinho, who was recently praised by Arsenal defender Johan Djourou as having “all the ingredients to play for Arsenal, that is a definite.”

Meanwhile, TalkSport claim that Arsenal have “made an approach for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian”. I previously blogged about Arsenal’s interest in the 23 year-old Brazilian Willian, however, in the previous article I wrote, it seems the quoted transfer fee was a few million off.

Arsenal’s unwanted central midfielder and fellow Brazilian Denilson is almost certainly going to be part of any deal, but Arsenal will also have to pay a figure of £12 million, rather than the £4 million I originally stated last week. Shakhtar Donetsk paid £11 million for Willian just four yeas ago, and with just 12 months on his contact left, like Gervinho, you would think the asking price would be slightly less, however it perhaps emphasises the quality of the player.

TalkSport say that Arsenal have told the Ukranian club that they must receive a reply before this week-end for a deal to go through, and thanks to a good relationship between Shakhtar and Arsenal after the sale of Eduardo in 2010, Arsenal are the favourites to sign Willian.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. Aaron

    June 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    i think bying both players would put pressure on the other title contenders, but for 12 million for gervhino would be a star buy

  2. Ibrahim

    June 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    At the end of every season arsenal are the club being link wit so much players but at the end they do get one or two… Now is defeo.

  3. Abdul-Hakeem Sulai

    June 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Good job if Gervinho Samba/Cahill should come to us.

  4. Salaan

    June 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    It good news to heard that gervinho and wallian are on their way to emirates stadium but we can’t trust it unless they sign

  5. bekes

    June 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    wenger is found of every season being linked with great players only to loose them to his fellow managers in the premier league. in the case of Michael Essien, Luka Modric, & SO ON.

  6. Haladyn

    June 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I jst hop mr.wenger wld sign quality nt quantity playaz,w nid samba nd cahill bth in our XI,sel clichy nd play t.Vermealen at left bak.

  7. bc

    June 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    If we sign Willan and Gervinho, this surely must mean either Nasri, Arshavin or Walcott wont be playing the flanks next season? I see Willan playing the left flank and Gervinho the right although they would be competing with Walcott and Arshavin. I think Nasri will play inside instead of Cesc and Cesc will leave for Barca. However, i would love a solution like this, we agree deals with Barca for Cesc and with Lille for Hazard then both players stay where they are for 1 more year.

  8. Ola

    June 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Its a great tin if Gervinho and samba can make their way to emirate and mostly nasry and sesc should stay with any amount becos they deserve it. Up gunners.

  9. ote

    June 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    until we see them

  10. ote

    June 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    pls we need a goalkeeper

  11. joe1994

    June 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    i think if arsenal can tie up both of these signings they have a much better chance next season so getting a well deserved trophy, there has been a lot of gossip about arsenal wanting a keeper but with szczesny and fabianski doing so well i dont see why we need one, as for the defense we do need one or two new centre backs (Cahill and/ or Samba) and a left back (Alexanxder Milosevic). for midfield, the two that have been mentioned would be excellent (Gervinho and Willian). the last thing we need one or two strikers (Falcao and/ or Bojan)

  12. jacob

    June 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    till we see them at emirates

  13. Leo

    June 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Leighton Baines anybody?

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