Arsenal have reportedly made a decisive move in their pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian, by tabling a part-exchange proposal in the hope of securing his signature.
According to talkSPORT, the north London club have set out a deal that would include a £12 million sum, plus out-of-favour midfielder Denilson moving in the opposite direction to his compatriot.
Willian, a former Brazil under-20 international, has long been on the radar of Arsenal after a string of dazzling displays for his Ukrainian employers, while Chelsea have also been linked with the 22-year-old.
Arsenal are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer, and signing a player with Willian's potential would represent quite a coup indeed for the Gunners.
Along with Willian, Arsenal will reportedly tie up a deal for Lille attacker Gervinho this week, while Arsene Wenger has already added highly-rated Finnish starlet Carl Jenkinson to his ranks.
Although Wenger is keen to add more creative forward options to his squad before the new season, the acquisition of at least one no-nonsense central defender remains a priority for Arsenal.
Imposing Blackburn centre-back Chris Samba is the current favourite to make the move to the Emirates Stadium, while Arsenal are also said to pursuing Birmingham's Scott Dann.
Arsenal had been in for England under-21 star Phil Jones, but the 19-year-old rejected the chance to join the Gunners in favour of a move to Manchester United.
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