Roma forward Gervinho has instructed his advisors to scour the market for a potential summer move as the Giallorossi continue to play hardball over his demands for a wage rise, with Monaco in pole position ahead of Manchester United to close a shock €20m deal if Goal.com's exclusive reports are to be believed.
Gervinho has reminded European football fans of his talent during a tremendous debut season with Roma, scoring 12 goals to banish memories of a difficult two years at Arsenal under the guidance of former Lille coach Rudi Garcia.
That strong form has led United to be linked with a stunning swoop for the ex-Gunner, who wants a vast improvement on his current £1.8m-a-year deal in the Eternal City as reward for a swift transition to life in Serie A.
Roma are back in the Champions League next season but have so far proved reluctant to open talks over improved terms with a star just a season into his current deal, clearing the path for Monaco to make a move.
The Ligue 1 giants are aware that the 26-year-old has a €20m (£16m) buyout clause in his contract and Monaco have already made contact with his representatives to see if a summer move is on the cards, but Roma remain confident of keeping a prized asset for another assault on Serie A next year.
United have also been linked with a sensational swoop for a player widely regarded as a Premier League flop following his spell at the Emirates, but now face stiff competition for another Roma star after being knocked back in an effort to sign his team-mates Mehdi Benatia and Kevin Strootman.