Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is closing in on his first major signings of the summer, with Lille striker Gervinho and Blackburn defender Chris Samba both on the verge of joining the club on long-term deals.
Wenger has identified 27-year-old Samba as the man to solve Arsenal’s defensive worries, while prolific attacker Gervinho is expected to increase competition for places offensively with Nicklas Bendtner close to leaving Emirates Stadium.
Highly-rated frontman Gervinho favours a move to the Gunners ahead of moneybags Manchester City, which has made a late play for his transfer. Lille chief Frédéric Paquet admitted earlier this week Gervinho was in talks with Arsenal and today told L’Equipe that they “will listen to Arsenal’s proposal.”
Meanwhile, the welcome addition of 6 ft 4 giant Samba alongside Thomas Vermaelen looks likely to provide vital strength in a previous area of weakness for Arsenal, and prove a major stepping stone towards a Premier League title challenge when the season kicks-off again in August.
So far, Arsenal’s only summer signing has been the £1m deal for Charlton youngster Carl Jenkinson.
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