According to Football Italia, Gervinho’s move to AS Roma is edging closer after the Serie A side’s director of football, Walter Sabatini, was spotted in London ahead of talks with Arsenal.
The Ivorian, who missed the Asia tour due to ‘injury’, worked with Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia during his time at Lille and is apparently keen on a switch to the Italian capital after an unhappy couple of years at the Emirates.
It’s been reported that personal terms have been agreed with Roma and that the only serious stumbling block is Arsene Wenger’s conscience getting the better of him.
Having remarked that Real Madrid’s £105 million bid for Gareth Bale is a ‘joke’ and that UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations seem to have made clubs turn ‘crazy’ he’s worried about overcharging his Italian counterparts…apparently a fee in the region of €8 million is causing the Frenchman sleepless nights.
In other news British boy band One Direction have made tentative enquiries about signing Nicklas Bendtner on a six-month loan. The pop group, best known for songs ‘Kiss You’, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘One Thing’, are reeling from the loss of 21-year-old singer Louis Tomlinson to Doncaster Rovers and are looking for someone with a reasonably big Twitter and Instagram following to fill the void.
The striker, who won Denmark’s version of the X-Factor as a 16-year-old singing Robbie Williams covers, is understood to be interested in the chance to do a bit of choreographed karaoke in front of crowds of screaming teenage girls…but only if he retains the rights to his burgeoning jewellery business. He did says his feet would be firing soon.
We’ll keep you updated.