Arsenal to offload Gervinho
Arsenal's out-of-favour forward is reportedly close to sealing a move to Serie A club Roma
AS Roma are in advanced talks with Arsenal's out-of-favour Gervinho, according to Goal.com.
The Ivorian striker has become an increasingly disillusioned figure at the Emirates over the past season, and the Serie A club have apparently agreed a fee of £6.9 million, as they look to strengthen their attacking line-up ahead of the forthcoming season.
Officials from both clubs met on Tuesday in London, as they looked to come to some kind of agreement with regards to a transfer fee.
Arsenal bought Gervinho back in the summer of 2011 for a fee in the region of £10 million from Ligue 1 side, Lille, but apparently he is no longer a part of Arsene Wenger's plans at the Emirates Stadium.
After failing to impress over the course of the last two seasons, albeit despite being praised for his performances in the African Cup of Nations, Arsenal are happy to make a loss on the Ivory Coast international so that they can offload his£50,000-per-week wages.
By freeing up the wage bill further, having already permitted the departures of Arshavin, Squillaci, Mannone, Denilson and Santos, on top of releasing a whole host of reserve players, Arsenal are now able to maximise their newly-founded financial capabilities.
With Gervinho set to join the list of transfers out, Arsenal fans will be hoping Bendtner and Chamakh, aren't too far behind.
AS Roma have reportedly agreed to meet the Gervinho's £50,000-per-week wages and with a transfer fee agreed, and personal terms seemingly not an issue, a deal should be completed sooner rather than later.
Arsenal claimed Gervinho would miss out on the pre-season tour due to 'sickness' - which usually is indicative of a player staying behind to complete a transfer.
The new Roma boss, Rudi Garcia, previously worked with the 26-year-old at Lille, and therefore knows him well.
Olympique de Marseille were the only other team interested in signing Gervinho, albeit on a season-long loan deal. This remains a possibility, but Arsenal are very keen to sell rather than send another player out on loan whose wages they must largely cover.
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