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The Ivory Coast international wants an increase on his £1.8 million-a-year salary and has instructed his agents to explore a possible transfer ahead of the summer window opening

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By Vittorio Campanile

Monaco are preparing a shock summer swoop for Roma attacker Gervinho as the player considers leaving the Italian club, Goal understands.

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 Ivory Coast international is now exploring the possibility of a lucrative move in the summer.

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini previously agreed to offer Gervinho an increase on his €2.3 (£1.8) million-a-year deal at Stadio Olimpico, but the 26-year-old has given his advisors the green light to explore the prospect of a transfer while he prepares for next month's World Cup.

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 as they seek to 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 (£16m) buy-out clause, but Monaco are hoping to reduce that figure during negotiations.

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