Premier League side Manchester United are interested in signing AS Roma star Gervinho and are prepared to match his buy-out clause of £16million, according to the Express.

The Ivorian winger has only been in Italy for a year after completing his move from Arsenal last Summer, but a fruitful campaign in Rome has caught the eye of new-United boss Louis Van Gaal, who is set to make several changes at Old Trafford after the World Cup in Brazil, where he will be coaching Netherlands.

After spending two dismal years in England with Arsenal, Gervinho finally left the Premier League and re-joined his former-coach, Rudi Garcia at Roma, where he has slowly become one of their most influential players, scoring seven goals in 27 appearances from midfield.

The 26-year-old was a key figure in Garcia's Lille team before he completed his £10.8m move to Arsenal, where he stayed for two years, but only managed to net nine times in 46 appearances.

The final straw for the winger at the Emirates Stadium was the shocking miss against Bradford City in the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final, which eventually lead to The Gunners being eliminated on penalties to the League Two side.

Despite having a positive start to the 2012/2013 season, Gervinho eventually became unwanted under Wenger and he was eventually allowed to leave when Roma made an £11m bid for his services.

In Italy, Gervinho has been able to re-find his old form which he displayed in France and after completing a successful season personally, he is now attracting interest from United, who are considering making a formal bid of around £16m.

After having such a good season on the pitch, Gervinho is keen for an improved deal in Rome, and has asked the club for a longer-deal and a huge pay-rise, but the board have refused his demands which could see him leave the club after just one year.

United are closely monitoring the situation and are weighing up whether they should match his £16m buy-out clause, which could see him join former team-mate Robin Van Persie.

Roma boss, Garcia, made it very clear in an interview that the club do not want to be spending more money on wages, but they also don't want to lose their star-names.

He said: "I hope we will be able to keep our best players.

"The extension with Miralem Pjanic is a strong message: we want to keep our group and strengthen it.

"Our goal this summer is not to increase the wage budget, but logically we should not have to sell."

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