Gervais Yao Kouassi (aka Gervinho)
The Guardian is just one of the newspapers reporting that Arsène Wenger is interested in signing Lille striker Gervinho this summer, but may be forced to sell some squad players who are deemed surplus to requirements in order to fund the transfer.
Gervinho scored 14 goals in 35 games this season as Lille claimed their first league title since 1954, but the French club are reportedly ready to cash-in on their Ivory Coast star.
Several other English clubs, namely Spurs, Everton and Liverpool, have looked at the option of bringing him to the Premier League, but Gervinho has made it clear that he would need to play Champions League football (which would be available to him at Arsenal and even if he were to stay at Lille).
Wenger recently told the press “for the first time in a while, I will be very active”, which would suggest that it isn’t completely unlikely that such a high-profile player would join the club this summer.
Gervinho has confirmed that he intends to make a decision on his return from Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin in the first week ok june, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to decide that a move to Arsenal would be in his best interest.
According to Carlos Vela’s agent Eduardo Hernández, the Mexican will not be leaving the Emirates during the summer transfer window.
“I spoke with the people at Arsenal. There are many rumours going on about the player but the reality is that he will return at Arsenal.
“He was called by Mexico for the upcoming Copa America and the instructions I received is that Carlos must report back to Arsenal immediately after holidays.
“Carlos is an Arsenal player and at the moment there is no transfer movement.”
In my opinion, it is unlikely that Vela will develop into the striker that we really need. He has scored 11 goals in 60 appearances for the club, but has not had a consistent place in the starting XI. If Wenger isn’t going to use him, and just sends him out on loan, it is unfair to keep him at the club.
Vela may do well at a mid-table Premier League club. Maybe a move to Spain would suit him better? Perhaps I’m being unfair, but I just don’t feel that he is cut out for Arsenal.