UAE's Al Jazira on verge of signing Gervinho

Published June 8th, 2015 - 02:34 GMT

AS Roma have reportedly agreed to sell Ivorian striker Gervinho to the UAE’s Al Jazira for €13 million (Dh53 million), according to reports in Italy.

Roma’s director of sport Walter Sabatini apparently met with Al Jazira’s chief executive officer Ammar Al Bashir in Rome on Sunday to iron out final negotiations and personal terms with the 28-year-old former Beveren, Le Mans, Lille and Arsenal frontman.

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner managed just two goals in 24 Serie A appearances this season, and has so far failed to replicate his career-best Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double winning form of 2011 when he scored 15 goals in 35 appearances for Lille.

However, reports suggest Al Jazira could be about to double or even triple his current €2.9 million annual salary.

Eric Geret’s Al Jazira already have Montenegrin former Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa, Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini and Brazilian midfielder Jucilei on their books, but will need to offload one to make way for Gervinho as part of the Arabian Gulf League’s policy of four foreigners per club.

Elsewhere, Al Nasr’s Australian President’s Cup and Arabian Gulf Cup winning captain Brett Holman, 31, has joined Emirates Club on a one-year deal after the club refused to extend his contract.

Al Ahli’s Everton Ribeiro, 26, has also denied he is unhappy at the club six months into a four-year €9 million transfer from Cruzeiro. Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly with Mexico, where Ribeiro has been called up for the Copa America squad, he said: “The news that I am unhappy is not correct.

“I’m very happy, it is a place that has welcomed me very well where I can show my football. Speculations will always be there, but for now I am not worried about those things. I am totally focused on the Copa America.”

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