Gazeta [via the Metro] note that the Gunners are in an advanced stage of negotiations with the forward, and are set to complete a move to bring him to the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window closes on September 1.
The North London heavyweights have had a muted start to the new season, and have failed to score in their two home Premier League fixtures to date—a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United and a 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
As such, it has been anticipated that the Gunners will look to bring in new attacking talents, with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema heavily linked with a move to North London [Express].
However, a recent tweet sent out by the French striker would appear to indicate that he has no intention of leaving the Bernabeu anytime soon.
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) August 24, 2015
Gunners fans may be hoping that the likes of Edinson Cavani [Evening Standard] and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Independent]—both of whom have been linked with a move to Arsenal—could be targeted in light of Benzema’s snub.
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However, it now looks much more likely that their new addition will be Kokorin, who has also been targeted by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur [both TASS via talkSPORT], Zenit St. Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain [both Metro].
According to talkSPORT, the player has a release clause of £13.5 million, which may make him an appealing prospect for the Gunners.