Manchester United will need to pay a fee close to €40m in order to secure the services of AS Roma winger Gervinho - the Ivory Coast international who struggled badly during a two-year spell with Arsenal.

Widely regarded as one of Arsene Wenger’s worst-ever signings, the 26-year-old has rebuilt his reputation in Serie A, scoring 11 goals in 33 appearances in his debut season with Roma. The African has a contract with the Italian outfit until 2017 and a buyout clause worth between €20m-€25m, but Manchester United will need to pay considerably more in order to bring the winger to Old Trafford, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The Italian newspaper claims United would need to fork out, with the addition of extra fees and commissions, a staggering €40m to land the Arsenal flop. The chances of Gervinho joining the Red Devils are hindered further by the fact the player feels settled at the Stadio Olimpico.

Newly-appointed Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is keen to strengthen his squad following a disastrous campaign under David Moyes, who was sacked by the Red Devils last month, and has been handed £200m to ensure the club regain their place in the Champions League at the end of next season. United have been linked with several wingers in recent weeks, including Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka, but Gervinho is a player certainly on the Dutch coach’s radar.

Manchester United supporters are unlikely to be impressed, however, particularly after it was confirmed Van Gaal has pulled the plug on a deal to sign Bayern Munich’s classy midfielder Toni Kroos for a bargain £20m fee.

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