Arsenal open talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over Jadson as they prepare for life after Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas - report

The Gunners are looking to add some fresh blood to their midfield as the Spain international edges closer to the exit door, and they apparently see the Brazilian as a replacement
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Arsenal have opened talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over the transfer of midfielder Jadson as they prepare for life after Cesc Fabregas, who is on the verge of joining Barcelona, L'Equipe reports.

The Premier League side and the Spanish champions are set to agree a deal worth around £35 million for Fabregas and Arsenal are ready to invest part of the transfer fee in a replacement.

They have previously been linked with Valencia's Juan Mata, but 27-year-old Jadson now appears to be in the frame,
as manager Arsene Wenger considers the Brazil international to be a cheaper alternative.

Jadson has a contract with Shakhtar until December 2014, but an offer between £7m and £8.8m could be enough to lure him away from the Ukrainian side.

The attacking midfielder started his professional career with Atletico Paranaense and joined Shakhtar in January 2005. He has since made over 200 official appearances for the Donetsk club and made his international debut for Brazil in the friendly against France earlier this year.