Arsenal to push ahead with move for experienced defender

After being on the market for months, Arsene Wenger may have finally found a new home for his misfiring winger Gervinho. The Mirror reports that the Ivorian is heading to Italian giants Roma this summer, after the two clubs have come close to accepting the terms of a £6.5 million deal.

Accepting the bid would mean a loss of £4.5 million for Wenger, the cost of one of his lesser known failed experiments. Gervinho has had a torrid 2 years at Arsenal, after having failed to cement his place in the starting 11, despite being given numerous opportunities. His departure would bring in funds, which Wenger can then choose to invest in more promising ventures.

Given Thomas Vermaelen’s injury concern, Wenger’s primary target would be to seal the deal for Ashley Williams. Although Swansea have in the past been steadfast about their £10 million valuation of the centre-back, the Mirror reports that they may relent to £8.5 million in case of a ‘top’ club.

Although the pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker has given Wenger very little reason to complain, the absence of a reliable back-up for the pair, is a cause of much concern. In Williams the Gunners would gain a no-nonsense defender with proven leadership qualities.

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