Arsenal news – Improved Gervinho offer, Gunners in for Alvarez, Nasri talks imminent

Improved Gervinho offer.

The Sun reports that Lille playmaker Gervinho could sign for Arsenal within the next few days after a summer of transfer speculation surrounding the Ivorian captain.

Arsenal have already had a £10.5m bid rejected for the 24 year old attacking midfielder, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident that Gervinho will be at the Emirates for the start of pre-season training on Monday 4th July. The Gunners are prepared to pay the £12m asking price from LOSC to get their man, who helped fire the French side to a domestic double last season.

Lille have received bids from Tottenham and Paris St. Germain for the player, but those bids have been rejected to pave a move for Gervinho to the Emirates. Lille general manager Frederic Paquet admitted that Gervinho will definitely be moving on this summer. Paquet said: ‘Gervinho wants to go to England and as a club, we prefer to sell him abroad rather than to one of our rivals in France.’

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Gunners in for Alvarez.

Arsenal are set to make a move for Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, according to The Sun. Alvarez currently plays at Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield and is a central midfielder, who plays in the same vein as Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas is rumour of exit talks from Arsenal and reports of a switch back to former club Barcelona were increased by a Barca bid of £27m being rejected by the North London club. Arsenal have been in talks with Alvarez over the last month and Gunners executive Richard Law was quoted £11m for the 23 year old midfielder by Velez president Fernando Raffaini.

Palermo president Mauro Zamparini has also increased speculation by claiming that his club had bid for Alvarez, but Arsenal’s negotiations had stopped them from making an offer and that Alvarez would be an Arsenal player in the near future.

Nasri talks imminent.

Samir Nasri has agreed to discuss his future with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after speculation of a proposed switch to Manchester United, The Telegraph reports.

Nasri is unconvinced by the contract offered to him, reportedly an £80,000 a week deal for five years, but more importantly for the French midfielder, the main issue with staying at the Emirates is what Arsenal can do in the transfer market. The 23 year old is desperate to be in a position to win trophies and if Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is sold to Barcelona, Nasri could soon follow his teammate out of the Emirates door.

A deal will have to be worked out for Nasri this summer in fear of losing the 23 year old French international on a free transfer. Arsenal made the same mistake with Frenchman Mathieu Flamini, allowing him to move to AC Milan on a free transfer three years ago, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not want history to repeat itself in Nasri’s case.

Manchester United are waiting for the results of the contract talks before stepping up their interest and if Arsenal do not severely strengthen in the market, Nasri could be on his way to Manchester.

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