Arsenal have turned down an £6 million offer from Roma for Gervinho after holding talks with the Italian club this week.

New Roma boss Rudi Garcia is desperate to land the Ivory Coast winger this summer with the pair having enjoyed a successful spell at Lille together.

But Arsenal rejected an opening £6 million offer on Wednesday afternoon after the two clubs opened talks earlier in the week.

According to reports in Italy Arsenal have told Roma that they are willing to part with Gervinho but want at least £12 million.