Gervinho is given the option to return to France for 2013/14.
Ligue 1 side Lyon are preparing to offer to take Arsenal winger Gervinho on a season-long loan in 2013/14 with a view to a permanent move, according to the Metro.
The Gunners signed the Ivorian forward in 2011 for a fee of £10million, but the 25-year-old has failed to show the form since then that earned him the big money move.
Lyon have shown interest in Gervinho but are unable to pay a fee for the Ivory Coast international up front and would look to take him on-loan before signing him permanently the season after.
Yet manager Arsene Wenger is keen to get rid of the winger and would probably be more open to a permanent deal.
Turkish sides Galatasaray and Fenerbache have also both shown interest in the former-Lille man, but it’s thought he would prefer a move back to France.
However, Wenger could be tempted into a move if Lyon were prepared to negotiate a deal for midfielder Maxime Gonalons – a player the 63-year-old has shown great interest in.
Gervinho has played 26 times in all competitions for Arsenal this season, scoring seven goals and providing five assists.
The Gunners forward hasn’t enjoyed the best of success at the Emirates and has failed to earn a regular spot in the starting XI.
The signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud in the summer of 2012 has seen Gervinho fall further down the pecking order in Arsenal’s attacking line.
The Ivorian is contracted in North London until 2015.