Arsenal may have received a transfer boost after learning their top target is available for sale. According to reports from ESPN.co.uk, Fiorentina will sell classy forward Stevan Jovetic this summer.
The Gunners have been linked with the Montenegro international for over two months. A game of protracted negotiations has been played out in the press.
The most recent reports claim the transfer is in jeopardy thanks to a difference over the asking price. Reports in The Daily Mail suggested Arsenal and Fiorentina are £5 million apart in their respective valuations.
News that the Florence club are willing to sell is good news for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. It is also a strangely timed announcement.
Declaring their intention to sell would seem to weaken their negotiating position. Knowing La Viola are open to selling, should make Wenger confident of securing Jovetic for less than his stated value.
The Gunners chief needs Jovetic to spearhead a bold revamp of his squad this summer. Sealing a deal even at £20 million, would prove Wenger's commitment to spending big.
Arsenal need that kind of outlay if they are serious about closing the gap in the English Premier League. Jovetic is also the perfect signing for Wenger.
A mercurial and creative forward, Jovetic is ideally suited to act as the fulcrum of Wenger's attack. The French coach favors intricate and intelligent passing combinations to create scoring chances.
That requires a central striker defined by fluid movement and technical craft. Jovetic certainly meets those requirements.
At 23, he is also primed to be developed into a world class talent. That is the kind of challenge Wenger loves.
What he won't enjoy hearing is that Chelsea are suddenly circling Jovetic. The ultra-rich West London club are happy to meet Fiorentina's £25 million fee, according to The Daily Express.
A cynic might argue that Chelsea's interest is prompting Fiorentina's willingness to sell. Losing a bidding war to Chelsea, wouldn't be the best way for Wenger to start a critical transfer period.
Arsenal should take today's omission from Fiorentina as final encouragement to pay the fee needed to land their top target.