A deal to take Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira to Juventus will take place today, according to reports in Italy.
Daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport and the ANSA press agency both report that the two clubs have a agreed the transfer, with Vieira being offered a five-year contract worth £85,000 a week.
However, the detail of the fee and the players offered by Juventus in part exchange, are still unclear.
“We are on the verge of signing him. The deal should be completed this afternoon,” said Luciano Moggi, the Juventus director responsible for the club’s transfer negotiations.
Vieira was on the verge of joining Real Madrid last summer but had a last-minute change of heart. His season was disrupted by injuries, which affected Arsenal’s Champions League campaign, but he did lift the FA Cup in Cardiff in May.
Reports in Italy last night suggest that Moggi was in London with fellow Juventus directors Roberto Bettega and Antonio Giraudo to finalise a deal for Vieira.
Juventus have offered a fee of 15 million euros (£10.5m) plus players, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, but there was uncertainty over the identity of players offered in part exchange.
Arsenal are believed to interested only in French defender Jonathan Zebina, but Juve do not want to lose Zebina and would rather trade Fabrizio Miccoli, Igor Tudor, Enzo Maresca or Alessio Tacchinardi.
Vieira, 29, has two years left on his Arsenal contract but is unlikely to be offered an extension because of Arsenal’s policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30.
If Vieira can agree personal terms with Juventus and a transfer is completed, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may turn to Lyon midfielder Mahamadou Diarra as a replacement. Lyon are reported to have offered Diarra an improved contract in an effort to fend off an approach from Arsenal.