Transfer talk

Gervinho set for Arsenal talks

June 14, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Ivory Coast international Gervinho could be on his way to Arsenal with Lille general manager Frederic Paquet revealing the two clubs are about to start talks.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his forward line with Marouane Chamakh struggling in his debut season in the Premier League and Nicklas Bendtner declaring his desire to move on for first team football.

Paris St Germain have also been linked to the player, but Lille will refuse to sell the player to one of their Ligue 1 rivals.

Gervinho scored 15 league goals and recorded 10 assists last season as Lille won the Double.

Paquet told RMC: "He wants to go and has developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon have talks with them and see what they offer.

"He has expressed a desire to go to England and we will see what happens.

"Paris St Germain inquired but we are not thinking about strengthening a competitor.''

Although Lille will entertain the idea of selling Gervinho, their stance is different on Eden Hazard. Paquet has described the 20-year-old Belgian as "untransferable''.

Lille also announced the capture of 21-year-old striker Ronny Rodelin from Ligue 2 Nantes on a four-year deal.

Rodelin said: "It's really satisfying for me to come here. It's a feeling of transcending to a new level. I know that it's up to me now to progress even further and put in a lot of effort.''

Rodelin scored five goals in 15 appearances for Ligue 2 side Nantes last season, having started his career at Rodez.

When asked about the impending challenge of Champions League football, the 21-year-old said: "I've become accustomed to watching it on television. But today, the possibility to actually play it is on offer. Lille will be engaged on several fronts. I'm looking to take part in as many matches as possible.''