Ex-Arsenal man responds to extraordinary transfer allegations

Former Arsenal attacker Gervinho has hit back at claims his wild demands scuppered a potential £10m move to UAE side Al-Jazira.

The former Gunner is currently plying his trade in Italy with Roma, where he has revived his career after a difficult spell in North London.

However, reports have suggested that a switch to the Middle East was an option for the Ivory Coast international, until Al-Jazira backed out due to his crazy demands.

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It’s said that Gervinho wanted a helicopter, housing for himself and his family, regular flights back to his home nation and a private beach, on top of his salary, to make the move, which the club baulked at.

However, the winger took to Facebook to deny these allegations:

J’ai pas pour habitude de commenter les rumeurs mercato mais aujourd’hui certaines personnes sont allées trop loin. Je d…

Posted by Gervinho on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

“I do not usually comment on rumours (about) the transfer window but today some people have gone too far, I deny all the information published in recent hours about any transfer.”

Al-Jazira are one of many cash-rich sides on the UAE footballing map and boast names such as former Roma striker Mirko Vucinic and seven-time Brazil international Thiago Neves.