Ivorian international Gervinho hit 18 goals in consecutive seasons with Lille from 2009 to 2011, and his goalscoring feats in France inevitably led to interest from clubs all around Europe. The competition for his signature was fierce, but it was Arsenal who landed the former Le Mans man for £10.8m as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looked to strengthen his attacking options.
Unfortunately, the move didn't go to plan, as the forward was unable to replicate his goalscoring record in England, hitting just 11 goals in two seasons at the Emirates Stadium before being sold off to Roma, where he would reunite with his former Lille boss Rudi Garcia in the Italian capital.
It seems that Garcia is the man to get the best out of Gervinho, as he was resurrected his career by hitting 11 goals in just 33 games for the Serie A side this season. However, his impressive season has now led to demands for a new and improved contract - which Roma are unwilling to offer right now.
That has led to interest from elsewhere, and with a £16m release clause in his contract, it was today reported that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is monitoring the situation closely, with a potential bid in the offing this summer as the Dutchman looks to rejuvenate his squad.
Whilst the Red Devils are in desperate need of a spark and a change of pace out wide, there are plenty of better options out there than Gervinho. It seems that the Ivory Coast star functions well under Garcia, but it's tough to forget just how bad he was in the Premier League before.
Gervinho would need at least another season like this one before most people will believe that he is ready to return to English football, and in a critical summer for United, this former Arsenal flop simply isn't the man to right the wrongs of last season at Old Trafford.