Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Jadson is a step closer to a move to Arsenal after the club's head coach Mircea Lucescu confirmed an offer had been received from the Barclays Premier League.

The 27-year-old Brazilian has been earmarked as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas who arrived in Spain this morning to undergo a medical ahead of his move back to the Camp Nou.

After reports emerged on Thursday that Arsenal had already approached Shakhtar over Jadson, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger played down the speculation, instead choosing to focus on the club's season opener with Newcastle United - a game which incidentally finished 0-0 at St. James' Park.

But after Lucescu's comments at the weekend, it appears that the decision over a £10million move to the Emirates Stadium is now in the hands of the player himself, with Jadson expected to arrive at Arsenal early this week to discuss personal terms and complete a medical.


"I can confirm Jadson is wanted by Arsenal," said the 66-year-old Romanian boss. "Now it all depends on him."

Jadson reverted to social networking site Twitter, to update his followers on the situation surrounding his proposed switch to north London saying:

"My friends! If all goes well at the start of next week I will have news for you."

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