Andrei Arshavin's agent says the deal taking him to Arsenal will be concluded over the next week.
The 27-year-old Zenit St Petersburg ace has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and almost joined Arsenal's big rivals Tottenham.
But now the Gunners are in pole position to seal the forward's signature in a deal which is likely to be worth more than £15million.
The deal will also represent a club record for Arsenal, beating the £13million they paid for Sylvain Wiltord some nine years ago.
"The deal should go through this week," Arshavin's agent Dennis Lachter said in the News of the World.
"Andrei wants to go, Arsenal want him and Zenit accept they have to sell.
"It's just a matter of sorting out the sums but the indication is it'll happen soon, perhaps within days."