The transfer process is often complicated. Players and clubs can be on completely different pages, leading to a messy situation. Sometimes, however, everything lines up perfectly. That should be the case with Gervinho and Arsenal.
Gervinho failed to secure consistent first-team playing time during his second season with the Gunners. He appeared in just 18 Premier League matches, six of those as a substitute, as manager Arsene Wenger preferred other options up front.
So the transfer talk surrounding the 26-year-old striker comes as no surprise. He probably isn't content playing a secondary role and the club will focus on upgrading the attack during the summer as a way to close the gap with Manchester United.
One club that's been linked to Gervinho is Ligue 1 side Marseille. While the forward wasn't ready to commit to leaving the Emirates for any specific squad, he did admit the early interest from France pleased him.
Ewan Roberts of Goal.com passed along comments Gervinho made to Le Patriote, an outlet in Ivory Coast, his home country.
If I really want to leave Arsenal, I'm sure there would be a lot of interest.
Marseille is one of the leading French clubs and I have a good relationship with some people there.
I cannot say yes or no but it is always flattering for a player to know that there are a lot of clubs showing interest in him.
Leaving Arsenal is the best move for Gervinho, even though he doesn't seem ready to fully admit it yet. His starts were sporadic last season and getting on the pitch is likely to get even tougher next fall if Wenger's able to add a couple more pieces to the puzzle.
The Gunners need more consistency up front. Gervinho had his moments over the past two seasons, but his tendency to go missing in matches made it tough for Wenger to rely on him, especially in key fixtures.
Staying with the club would likely lead to frustration for both sides. The Ivory Coast international would be frustrated because he wants to get featured more prominently, while Arsenal would be frustrated because he isn't producing at the level they expect.
Is it time for Gervinho to leave Arsenal?
That's why a clean break in the near future makes sense. Gervinho can head to Marseille, or another club with interest, and begin the process of rediscovering top form. The Gunners can clear his contract and focus on other moves they want to make.
They are already closing in on a deal for Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, as reported by David Kent of the Daily Mail, and that's just the beginning. The more attacking players Arsenal brings in, the farther down the depth chart Gervinho would fall.
Unless Wenger has a change of heart and informs the striker he will play a bigger role, it just doesn't make much sense for either side for him to stay. It's also why there shouldn't be any drama involved, as is often the case when a player exits a high-profile club.
It's time for Gervinho to find a new home while Arsenal moves in a different direction offensively.