Arsenal star's €14m move to Lyon is front page news in France

They love a newspaper in France, there are more than many French people themselves could list. A multitude of nationals and regionals, ones from big cities and small towns and a whole heap of sport related publications such as L'Equipe.

There's even a monthly transfer newspaper, Le Foot Gazette Des Transferts which details the possible incomings and outgoings for the next transfer window and Arsenal's Gervinho manages to get himself on to the front page of the edition for June.

They reckon that he's Lyon's 'superstar' signing for the summer and that the player would be prepared to move having not got the amount of football he's wanted at Arsenal. He's started just 12 Premier League games in the last season and made a further 6 substitute appearances.

His total of five goals from those matches isn't so bad and Wenger has repeatedly said he has faith in the Ivory Coast striker  but he's clearly down the pecking order when all other players are fit. This is what Le Foot think could prompt the move, 

Ivory Coast currently top their group for Brazil World Cup qualifying and Gervinho will want to play a big part in that competition. Competition from players such as Drogba, Kalou, Kone, Bony and others could mean that Gervinho has a hard task ahead of him to secure a place in the squad and then even harder to get into the actual team. A bit-part role at Arsenal isn't going to assist this.

Le Foot explain that Gervinho has spent just two years at every club he's been at throughout his professional career. The 25 year old's first professional team was Beveren in Belgium and he was with them from 2005-2007, then he moved on to France with Le Mans and spent two seasons with the club from 2007-2009, a move to Lille (where he's pictured above) really got his career flying.

The Ligue 1 side were entering a period of success which would see players such as Hazard and Cabaye, and Gervinho impressed there from 2009 until he was picked by Arsenal in 2013. The newspaper says that given the time-frame of the rest of his career then it wouldn't be a surprise to see him leave now, and Lyon are the club who want to make that transfer happen.

The newspaper says that Arsenal want 14m this summer for the player and that Lyon would probably stretch to that and what they call exorbitant wages, as long as they could offload one or all of Lisandro, Gourcuff and Gomis.

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