Gervinho 'demanded a private beach and a helicopter' as former Arsenal striker's move to Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira collapses

Ivorian is being linked with a move away from Roma

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Former Arsenal forward Gervinho has made some eye-raising demands to play his football in the Middle East.

The 28-year-old Ivorian has impressed in the last two seasons with Roma in Serie A, but is widely linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

But according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, his demands to join one club were so high that the move has now collapsed.

The paper reports that Roma and Abu Dhabi club Al Jazira had reached an agreement over a €13million (£9.25m) transfer - but Gervinho's demands proved to be a spanner in the works.

The forward is said to have asked for a helicopter to be at his disposal at all times, accommodation for his family, a private beach and a number of plane tickets to travel back to the Ivory Coast.

Gervinho is under contract at Roma for three more years.