‘I’d like a helicopter and a private beach, please…’

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Al Jazira and Roma are believed to have agreed a €13 million deal for the Ivory Coast international, but Gervinho's personal demands threw a spanner in the works which eventually led to the agreement being called off.

Footballers have been known to make some pretty hefty demands, but Gervinho appears to have gone a little bit too far this time. According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Arsenal forward demanded that a helicopter be at his disposal at all times, that he be given a number of plane tickets to travel back to the Ivory Coast, that his family's accommodation be paid for, and to top it all, a private beach. Yes, he wanted his own beach.

Not surprisingly Al Jazira decided that this was a bit much and Gervinho will remain at the Stadio Olimpico for the time being. 

The 28-year-old has three years still remaining on his current deal with the Serie A outfit, and given what he's asking for in order to leave the club, Roma may be stuck with him for some time to come.