The transfer saga involving Arsenal and Fiorentina’s Stefan Jovetic has been going on for some while now and its involved the Gunners agreeing a deal for the Montenegrin, having a medical with Juventus and then being told to stay at Fiorentina, apparently, but now the latest news comes from quotes from the player himself, stating both his intentions and options for the future.
He said, “I’ve been at Fiorentina since 2008, five very intense seasons, I really feel like I’ve given everything. I’m young and ambitious and it is normal to feel the need to test myself elsewhere. I do not think there’s anything wrong with desire. I’ve played in Europe with Fiorentina, now I want to win in Europe.
“For a year they (Juventus) have said they want me, I come before (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Carlos) Tevez and (Gonzalo) Higuain in their list. Who would not be flattered? But the Premier League is also a fantastic championship, as is La Liga. I have some opportunities so we’ll see.”
These quotes suggest to me that he may be close to leaving. In some ways he has recognized the good times he has had with the club but has once again reiterated his desire to leave. Arsenal and Juventus are believed to be the front runners and have been for some time; however Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has prompted the West Londoners to gather interest in the 23 year old.
Jovetic was likely to join Juventus with the club going into several negotiations according to reports however the Serie A champions cannot afford the players commanding fee of £25 million, letting other clubs back into the mix. It’s highly unlikely that Arsenal will play that price either so it could mean that Arsenal end up losing out on a player that they’ve scouted for months once again, and as per usual it could be to a main rival.
if I’m honest I wouldn’t even be over disappointed losing out to Jovetic because his stats don’t prove him to be the fantastic player everyone seems to think he is, but the thought of losing out on a target once again to a main rival is starting to be a constant problem for Arsenal fans.