Fiorentina have confirmed that forward Stevan Jovetic “wants a new experience” and the club are ready to grant him that wish if the right offer comes in. The 23-year-old has been strongly linked for Arsenal, although Juventus appear to be the favorites for his signature. A reported asking price of €30 million (£25.7m) is believed to have dampened the Gunners’ interest.
Yet, given Jovetic’s desire to leave, Fiorentina may yet be more accommodating. Chelsea and Manchester City are also among the clubs to have been linked to the Montenegrin, who scored 13 goals in Serie A this season as Fiorentina finished just short of Champions League qualification.
“Jovetic wants a new experience and we'll try to make him happy, but only if a suitable offer comes in,” Sandro Mencucci said, according to Sky Sports. Jovetic’s agent has recently suggested that the player is keen to remain in Italy.
In recent days, Arsene Wenger has been open in his praise of Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier and revealed that Arsenal were tracking the France international. The 22-year-old has now admitted that he has held discussions with his manager -- and former Arsenal midfielder -- Remi Garde about his future.
“Things are not more complicated because I know what I want, and I know that it's still not the time to talk about it,” he told RTL. “I want to stay focused on the French national team. "I met with the coach. It's going to stay between us for the moment,” he added. “We'll see, the weeks will pass. Now I'm focused on the national team because it's something magnificent, you have to enjoy it. Afterwards, I'll go on holiday and we'll see after that."
His comments suggest that the player, who Wenger likened to former Gunner Samir Nasri, could be keen on seeking a fresh challenge this summer. While a player of Grenier’s creative nature would not appear to be a priority for the Arsenal right now, they have also been linked to a defensive midfielder who plies his trade at Lyon. Like Grenier, though, Garde has no intention of selling Maxime Gonalons.
"There are stories about some players leaving the club,” Garde told French newspaper L’Equipe. “The last few years we have won the Coupe de France and finished third in the league. Am I keen to accept the transfer of Gonalons and Grenier? No, because they are exactly in our project and I want to build the team around them. If Grenier achieved such a level it is because he has worked so hard.”
Meanwhile, it appears increasingly likely that one-time Arsenal target David Villa will be joining north London rivals Tottenham this summer. Barcelona rejected an approach from Arsenal for the 31-year-old in January and there have since been reports that Wenger has switched his attentions to younger targets such as Jovetic.
The Daily Mail now claims that Tottenham have opened discussions with Barcelona and are hopeful of a £10 million deal for Spain’s all-time record goal-scorer.