By Vittorio Campanile
Monaco are preparing a shock summer swoop for Roma attacker Gervinho as the player considers leaving the Italian club.
Gervinho - who joined the Giallorossi from Arsenal only last August - enjoyed a stellar campaign in 2013-14, scoring 12 goals and notching nine assists in all competitions as Rudi Garcia's men finished second in Serie A.
Despite an impressive season under Garcia - with whom he worked at Lille earlier in his career - the Cote d'Ivoire international is now exploring the possibility of a lucrative move in the summer.
Ligue 1 runners-up Monaco are in pole position to make a move for the pacey attacker, despite having sacked coach Claudio Ranieri earlier this week.
They have earmarked the player as a prime transfer target to bolster the squad and mount a challenge for both Ligue 1 and the Champions League next season.
The Principality outfit have already contacted the player to make their interest known and have indicated they would be prepared to significantly increase his current salary as they get set to fly out to Rome to discuss a deal with his club.
Gervinho's contract with Roma contains a €20m buy-out clause, but Monaco are hoping to reduce that figure during negotiations.