Fiorentina have moved to clarify the situation with their forward Stevan Jovetic, insisting that he has not asked to leave and that he will only depart if their asking price is met. The Montenegrin, who was persuaded to stay at the club last summer has been strongly linked to both Arsenal and Juventus. Last week the Serie A club’s general manager Sandro Mencucci claimed that Jovetic “wants a new experience” and that they will “try to make him happy.” But a different perspective has come from the Viola’s sporting director Daniele Prade.
“Stevan is not on the market,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “There is a promise made by the president [Andrea Della Valle] to him, that he can leave him if we get an offer of €30 million (£25.7m) cash. If not we'd gladly keep him. Jovetic has not said he wants to go away, it's a subject that will have to do with him and the president. There have not been offers, we only met the player's agent [Fali] Ramadani. The president has not authorized me to speak with Juventus, it is up to the president to decide."
It has been reported that Arsenal are unwilling to meet Fiorentina’s asking price, while Jovetic’s agent has suggested that the player would prefer to stay in Italy. With that in mind, it is believed that Arsene Wenger is considering other targets to boost his attack next season. The Daily Mail has put forward a new name to that list in Swansea City’s Michu.
The former Rayo Vallecano man was arguably the signing of the past season in the Premier League as he arrived for £2 million and went on to score 22 goals in all competitions. Top clubs, like Arsenal, are like to have to pay a hefty price for failing to take the opportunity to sign the Spaniard a year ago, with the player now unlikely to go for less than 10 times what Swansea paid. It seems improbable that Arsenal will put up that sum for a 27-year-old, yet the Mail claims he has been comprehensively scouted by the Gunners.
There could soon be a new arrival at the Emirates, though, with Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier strongly hinting that he is poised to move to Arsenal. Wenger recently revealed that he was interested in the 22-year-old and Grenier has now announced that he has made a decision over his future.
"I have more or less made a decision about which club I want to join," Grenier said, according to Sky Sports. “I have made the choice for sporting reasons above all. Arsenal? It could well be them. There would be competition for places, but you get that at all big clubs and it does not stop me making my decision. I am still young, but I have always set myself targets and I do everything possible to exceed them."
But one midfielder that looks unlikely to be joining Arsenal, at least this summer, is Cesc Fabregas. The former Gunner has been linked of late to Manchester United and Arsenal after struggling to make a major impact since returning to his boyhood club in 2011. But the 26-year-old has dismissed suggestions that he is already looking for an exit.
“There is nothing to say,” he insisted, according to the Sun. “I’m very happy at Barca, and I want to stay for many more years to come.”