Agreement for €10 million wing sensation means Arsenal to miss out - Gervinho blow too?

Gervinho

Dimitri Payet, who was linked with Arsenal, is on the verge of a switch to Marseille.

Dimitri Payet was a player linked with signing for Arsenal a fortnight ago, the wing wizard at Lille who stepped out of Eden Hazard's shadow in 2012/13.

The 26-year-old scored 13 goals in all competitions for the side and provided 22 assists last season, which has understandably attracted all sorts of admirers.

A left-winger, there would have been a natural place for him in the Arsenal side, but it appears any 'interest' from the Gunners is not as substantial as was touted, or at least he is not a priority at present with the Higuain deal close to completion.

They may have lost out entirely, with reports from French newspaper L'Equipe stating that Marseille have reached a €10 million agreement with Lille for Payet.

"Labrune Vincent, president of the OM, and Michel Seydoux, the Lille counterpart, found late Tuesday an agreement on the transfer of Dimitri Payet.

"It is just the two presidents to settle in writing the final details on bonuses. On the other hand, counsel for the player (is) waiting for the green light from Lille to begin discussions with OM.

"It will now negotiate the terms of contract. No major obstacles oppose in any case, the arrival of Payet in Marseille, with international eager to continue his career of the club."

So it looks to be a matter of time before Payet makes his move - but the effect for Arsenal may have a sting to it.

Marseille had been the frontrunners to sign Ivorian wildcard Gervinho from the Gunners this summer, with the 26-year-old stating last week:

"If I want to leave Arsenal, there will be plenty of takers, Marseille being one, they are a big club, I can say yes or no, but it is always flattering to see teams interested in you."

The transfer of Payet from Gervinho's former club Lille should rule out a move to Marseille for the Arsenal man. It is unlikely Marseille would spend a similar amount on a player who plays around the same position and is the same age in the same transfer window.

What it could do is open a path for a return to Lille for Gervinho, who will pocket the funds from the Payet deal, but for now Gervinho's most obvious exit route appears to be off the table.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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