Sunday 23 October 2016

Gervinho demanded a helicopter and private beach to move to Al-Jazira

Published 30/06/2015 | 13:38

Diva: Gervinho was close to a move away from Roma
Diva: Gervinho was close to a move away from Roma

The transfer of Gervinho from Roma to Al-Jazira has fallen through after the Ivory Coast striker's excessive demands.

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Requests by Gervinho for a helicopter and a private beach as part of the deal that would take him from Roma to Al-Jazira were described as 'obscene' by the Emirati club, according to reports on Tuesday.

Gervinho was set to end his mitigated two-year spell with the Serie A club and join Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates this week on a reported four-year deal worth €13m.

But the move collapsed because of Gervinho's string of demands, which also included accommodation for his family and regular airplane tickets to travel to his native Ivory Coast, said La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Reports from the Emirates suggest Gervinho's demands alerted the club to possible future problems with the player, and they are not expected to pursue the deal any further.

Gervinho remains on the market but will now be expected to turn up for Roma's first training camp of the summer at their Trigoria base just outside Rome on July 5.

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