The Rossoneri claimed to have received a letter from Arsenal saying that the Gunners were now prepared to discuss a deal for the Togo striker.

This was later followed by a statement from the Arsenal chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, insisting that the Londoners were hoping to keep Adebayor.

Gourcuff joined Milan in 2006, and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the 22 year old midfielder, and it seems the inclusion of Gourcuff in the deal has swayed him to accept Milan's offer.

Milan general manager Adriano Galliani is said to be hopeful of completing the transfer by next Wednesday (July 16).