LILLE – Lille general manager Frederic Paquet has confirmed striker Gervinho wants to move to England this summer - and talks with Arsenal are planned.
Ivory Coast international Gervinho played a key role as Lille won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double last season, contributing 15 goals and 10 assists in the league alone.
Free-spending Paris St Germain have also asked about the 24-year-old but his current club are not keen on selling to a domestic rival.
Paquet told RMC: "He wants to go and has developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon have talks with them and see what they offer.
"He has expressed a desire to go to England and we will see what happens."
The link with PSG was a non-starter insists Paquet, who added: "Paris St Germain inquired but we are not thinking about strengthening a competitor."
Although Lille will entertain the idea of selling Gervinho, their stance is different on Eden Hazard. Paquet has described the 20-year-old Belgian as "untransferable".
Perhaps in a bid to fill the hole left by Gervinho's potential exit, Lille have signed 21-year-old striker Ronny Rodelin from Ligue 2 Nantes. He has inked a four-year contract.
Rodelin scored five goals in 15 matches with second-division side Nantes last season.
The tall forward started his career at Rodez before leaving in 2008 for Nantes, where he experienced his first taste of topflight action before the club was demoted.
The 21-year-old Rodelin says ''it's a great chance for me and I'm very happy to have signed for the champions. I feel like I'm taking an important step up in class.''