ESPN understands that Gervinho could make a shock move to Manchester City, with the Eastlands club 'hijacking' a move for the star to either Arsenal or Newcastle.
Newcastle showed their interest in Gervinho yesterday, with the northern club planning a deal that could be wrapped up by the end of the week.
With the £35 million from Andy Carroll’s sale in January, Alan Pardew reportedly believes that Gervinho’s £8 million price tag is well within Newcastle’s price range, and would go a long way in building the Toon’s forward line, an area desperately in need of work since Carroll’s departure.
Arsenal are also reportedly interested in the star forward, with Arsene Wenger looking at offloading Andrey Arshavin to bring in Gervinho as a cheaper and value for money replacement.
Arsenal are looking at a few key changes this summer, with some players on the out after being frustrated by the Gunners going a sixth season without a trophy. Gervinho is seen by Wenger as a fresh face and attitude, who may be able to finally take the club to winning an elusive title.
Gervinho appeared to have put Arsenal at the top of his transfer wishlist, making it clear that he wants to play Champions League football next season, something which Newcastle isn’t even close to. Manchester City, however, can offer this carrot to the 24-year-old.
City are also able to outbid any price that Newcastle or Arsenal put forward for the star, making the transfer to Manchester all the more imminent for the Ivorian should Roberto Mancini decide to flex his financial muscles.
Gervinho recently said he would love to move to the Barclays Premier League, telling reporters that over the next few days he will decide where his future lies.
"I love the Premier League, but I have interest from Spain and Germany as well,” Gervinho said.
“There is a decision to be made, and I will make it in the next few days."
A representative at Manchester City has even reportedly flown to France to force the deal ahead of Arsenal and Newcastle.