Arsenal have entered another round of negotiations with Ligue 1 champions Lille over the signing of Gervinho, in hope of announcing a deal for the Ivorian on July 1st.
The 24-year-old is keen to move to the Premier League and has been linked with several clubs, including Manchester City, Newcastle and north London rivals Tottenham.
However, Gooner Talk understands that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis held ‘positive’ discussions with Lille general director Frederic Paquet earlier this week while a fee in excess of £10.5 million gets ‘closer’ to being agreed on.
Ivory coast international Gervinho played a key role for Les Dogues last year, as they won the French league and cup double, scoring 15 goals and having 10 assists in the league alone.
Meanwhile, Daily Mirror journalist Darren Lewis revealed this morning that Arsenal will welcome two other big signings to the club next Friday — Ricardo Alvarez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.