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Ex-Arsenal forward accused of ‘obscene demands’ as big-money transfer collapses

AS Roma attacker Gervinho’s anticipated move to United Arab Emirates heavyweights Al Jazira looks to be dead in the water due to the player’s excessive wage demands.

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According to Sport 360, the player’s expectations for a contract look to have completely ended the prospect of a move that has been troubled since the off.

A €13 million fee had been agreed with Roma, while a four-year contract had, in principle, been agreed with the player himself.

However, a senior source at the club has since confirmed that the player’s desire to improve upon the initial agreed offer has seen distance grow between the two parties.

“The deal hit a stumbling block because of the excessive demands on his four-year deal,” a senior Jazira representative began.

“He started making obscene demands, so the transfer is off. It is better for us to call this transfer off now, rather than live with a player for a few months who is likely to cause problems because of his wage demands.”

The UAE website conclude that following Gervinho’s requests, it looks highly unlikely that a compromise will be reached between player and club.

The Ivorian had been considered to be an ideal replacement for and upgrade on Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa, who has been transfer listed by The Spider.

The 28-year-old—who won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with the Cote d’Ivoire earlier this year—would have represented something of a coup for Al Jazira, and had he moved, would have likely been the most high-profile player in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.

The forward scored two goals and contributed four assists in 24 Serie A outings for the Giallorossi, while also contributing three goals and one assist in six Champions League games.

His output represented a decline on the previous campaign when he contributed a whopping 10 assists, and scored nine goals in 33 Italian top-flight matches as Roma pushed Juventus for the domestic title.

Before moving to Roma in 2013, the forward represented Arsenal and, previously, LOSC Lille.

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