Former Arsenal star set for lucrative move to China in €15m switch

Former Arsenal winger Gervinho is reportedly set to complete a move to Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune after missing training with Roma on Monday.

According to reports, the Ivory Coast international requested a transfer over the weekend amid speculation of interest from China as he continued to experience troubles with the Giallorossi.

While it was initially thought Jiangsu Suning were in pole position to sign the 28-year-old, it is claimed in the Italian media that Hebei have now moved to the front of the queue, as reported by Football Italia.

It is also suggested by Sky Sport Italia that Roma will receive €15m for Gervinho, which is a decent profit as they signed him for €8m in 2013.

The club have also confirmed that the winger didn’t attend training on Monday with the rest of the squad and coach Luciano Spalletti, and so it is widely expected that the deal will be completed in the coming days.

It brings an end to an indifferent spell in Italy for Gervinho, who had shown glimpses of his talent under Rudi Garcia. However, it was accompanied by disappointing spells that didn’t help endear him to the supporters, and he will now look to make the most of his new lucrative move to China.

Meanwhile, the capital club have been linked with a move for AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy to replace the out-going former Gunners ace, with the Rossoneri conceding on Monday that a deal was close for the Italian international.

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