English Premier League heavyweight Arsenal is moving towards the January transfer window with a lot of intent. In addition to rumors about Ajax's defender Jan Vertonghen's link with the Gunners, new reports have suggested that the London-based club is targeting Fiorentina's Montenegrin target-man Stevan Jovetic.
With talks of Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh leaving the club and South Korean young gun Park Chu-Young still adapting to the Premier League way of life, Arsenal's French boss Arsene Wenger is certain that the team now needs support for Dutchman Robin Van Persie and ease his goal-scoring responsibilities.
This is where Jovetic could come in handy as he can deliver much-needed fire power to the Gunners' attack. Wenger, previously, had admitted to liking the 21-year-old starlet from Montenegro and sent a scout to run the rule over the striker during Fiorentina's 2-2 draw with Catania last Saturday.
Jovetic, in the beginning of this month, signed a new five-year deal that will make it hard for any club to approach him. However, sources close to the player have suggested that Jovetic will leave Italy sooner rather than later.
Arsenal, however, will know that Jovetic, who can be a priced asset for a club, will be hard to bag as other European big guns - including Liverpool and Chelsea - are also interested in him, according to a Daily Mail report.
Jovetic made his senior debut for his former club Partizan when he was just 16, under head coach Jurgen Rober, during a league match against Vozdovac. He later scored three goals during a UEFA Cup qualifying game against Zrinjski on August 2, 2007; Partizan won that game 5-0 and Jovetic's first career hat-trick came at the tender age of 17.
He became Partizan's club captain the next year, after then-captain Antonio Rukavina was sold to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. This made him Partizan's youngest captain ever; club legend Albert Nad became captain at age 19
Italian Serie A club Fiorentina signed him for a reported fee of £7.3 million in 2008 and he scored his first goal for the club, from the penalty spot, against Atalanta on April 5, 2009. He made 51 appearances for Partizan and managed to score 13 times, while at Fiorentina, he has scored 17 goals in 66 appearances.