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Rejuvenated ex-Arsenal flop may head for Roma exit

Roma forward Gervinho has relaunched his career in the Eternal City since leaving Arsenal, but he may quit the Giallorossi.

Roma's summer transfer campaign seems to have been rocked by the unexpected possibility of losing two of the club's major assets.

Serie A's runners-up were planning to add to the squad rather than shed key components in the summer, but defender Mehdi Benatia appears to be leaving and now Gervinho could make a shock departure.

Gervinho arrived for around £6.5m last summer with a low burden of expectations having been much maligned at Arsenal.

But the Ivorian has been excellent for Roma and found the net almost as many times in one season in Italy as he did in two at Arsenal as well as providing assists and turning in an impressive work rate.

Roma's French coach Rudi Garcia is a big fan of Gervinho's and reportedly has a clause in his contract that he can take Gervinho with him if he leaves for another club and pays a set fee.

But, according to French newspaper L'Equipe, another clause has come to light which is worrying Roma and would allow Gervinho to liberate himself from his contract for a fee that is as yet undisclosed.

The paper claims that Gervinho is angry at not receiving his expected pay rise this summer after an impressive campaign and is considering quitting the club.

Roma may be the victims of their own success as midfielder Miralem Pjanic received a massive pay hike after a superb campaign in order to protect him from the attentions of Manchester United, but the Lupi can't afford to do that for every star player.

Towering defender Mehdi Benatia, who is a target for Barcelona and Manchester City, has reportedly demanded his wages are doubled and now it appears that Gervinho is also looking for more financial recognition.

However, Roma may be able to persuade Gervinho to stay because the player has always stressed how much he has enjoyed life in the Eternal City and could be open to a compromise on his wages.

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