Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Given Hope Of Landing Stevan Jovetic

  on March 08 2013 4:52 PM

Arsenal target, Stevan Jovetic - whose contract expires in 2016 - will only be sold abroad according to Fiorentina's sporting director, Daniele Prade.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Prade said, "A decision on his future will be taken in June together with the player. Andrea Della Valle made him a promise last year and he's not one to break his promises. We do not have to sell him. If we do sell, we prefer him to go abroad, though. A lot depends on where Fiorentina will finish in the table this season."

This news comes as a boost for Arsene Wenger who is an admirer of Jovetic and especially because Serie A champions, Juventus were seen as frontrunners for the Fiorentina man.

Jovetic won't come cheap though and according to the Telegraph, Wenger has been handed a £70m transfer warchest for the summer and the Montenegrin was seen as one of his targets to help strengthen the Gunners, even if he would break Arsenal's transfer record. Similar in style and potential to former captain, Robin van Persie, the fast and versatile Jovetic is valued at a minimum of £20m.

Adding to this, Prade in July 2012 said, "If we get an offer above a certain figure, we will sit down and evaluate the offer, but we will only consider offers above £20 million."

Jovetic has scored 25 goals in his last 54 games for Fiorentina.