Arsene Wenger ready to sign Lille star Gervinho for Arsenal if he can sell Andrey Arshavin this summer – report

Frenchman has made Ivory Coast international his top transfer priority but will need to raise transfer funds through sales first ahead of a summer of change at The Emirates

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Lille forward Gervinho but only if he can offload Andrey Arshavin, who has struggled to find his best form this season.

Gervinho has been a key player for Lille this season as they won the French league for the first time since 1954 and will command a hefty transfer fee – leaving Wenger needing to raise the necessary cash through player sales, according to The Guardian.

Arshavin, a £15 million signing from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009, has failed to live up to the heights of last season and Wenger has reportedly identified him as a player who could be sold to make way for new signings.

Twenty-four-year-old Gervinho has previously been linked with Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton though the Ivory Coast star has made it clear he intends to play Champions League football next season – something available to him at Lille and Arsenal.

The Gunners are set for a summer of transfer activity after Wenger openly admitted for the first time in a while they will be very active in the market as he looks to end their barren trophy-less spell.

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