According to this week's Marseille edition of Le 10 Sport, Gervinho is likely to be on his way to Marseille this summer. He takes up their front page, such is their opinion of the story and it's not the first time that the striker has been linked with a move the Ligue 1 side recently. Marseille will want to make sure they take advantage of heightened interest in Ligue 1 and the resulting revenue which comes from that, they finished second last year to PSG and will want to put up a challenge next season, to do that they need additions and Gervinho is marked out as one.
On May 30th we found similar claims in L'Equipe and said then:
'This morning's front page of L'Equipe reserves a section for Arsenal striker Gervinho and the possibility that Marseille are about to jump into negotiations for him. The Ivory Coast forward has two years remaining on his current contract with the London club, as pointed out by L'Equipe, and if Wenger decides to persevere for another year then he'll find Gervinho's value has fallen further be next summer, unless he has a great season.
Wenger is a big fan of the player but just hasn't got enough out of him on a regular basis, that has frustrated both men and as there's all kinds of talk of Arsenal actually having some kind of transfer kitty this summer, then it's likely his opportunities upfront would become further limited with the purchase of at least one player for a similar position.
The usually reliable French newspaper says that Marseille are so far down the line with Gervinho interest that they could be set to meet his agents and test the resolve of Arsene Wenger, who is said to be reluctant to cut his losses. A loan move wouldn't make much sense for Arsenal either, given the player's contract situation, a lesson they have learnt with Nicklas Bendtner. A year away from the club and then a return with a year left does little in terms of value.'
Since then that contact has happened, according to Le10, with Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo contacting Gervinho to see if he'd be up for the deal. The French magazine say that all sides are keen, with the player not required at Arsenal anymore, despite Wenger being a big fan. The club are expected to bring in a forward this summer and that would see Gervinho's chances curtailed further and Wenger will let the player leave if that's his express wish.
Marseille want a one year loan, but this isn't what Arsenal would prefer, given the contract situation. They even want Arsenal to pay part of his salary during that one year loan period, which is quite an ambitious request, but it's worked for them before. It could simply be a way into negotiations with Marseille taking a loan but committing to making the move permanent if he plays a certain number of games for them - that deal could suit all concerned.
Ivory Coast look set to involved in next year's World Cup and if Gervinho wants to go then he needs first team football every week, the competition for places is huge with Drogba, Kalou, Kone, Bony and others vying for a similar role.
In early May, Gervinho was linked with a big money move to Lyon and it's clear he's a wanted man in France.
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