Lille look set to offload Michel Bastos to Ligue 1 rivals Lyon after receiving an 'exceptional offer'.
The Brazilian has spent the last three seasons with Lille but could now be heading for Stade Gerland.
The South American burst onto the scene last season as he bagged 14 goals from midfield, helping him to draw admiring glances from afar.
Several clubs were believed to be monitoring his availability, but it is Lyon who have made the first move with an approach believed to be around €18million (£14m).
"We're close to an agreement with OL," Lille president Michel Seydoux told L'Equipe TV.
"This will be done in the next few days.
"I've opened a window for this player because we received an exceptional offer.
"After three years of good and loyal service, I want to see him continue his progression.
"But he will be absolutely the only departure."