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Why Stevan Jovetic to Arsenal Could Be the Biggest Transfer Deal of the Summer

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 26, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIApril 9, 2013

Arsenal could make headlines in the transfer window this summer, and not because one of their stars flies the coop.

The Daily Mirror and, more recently, "Talksport" have linked Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic with a move to the London club.

If such a deal were to occur, it could be the biggest transfer deal of the summer.

While there is never any certainty about a big-money move for a top player, we're not putting Jovetic in the world-class category just yet, so the odds of success for this move are in Arsenal's favour.

It must be said that other moves can and most likely will have a positive impact should they occur.

There's certainly a case to be made for the likes of Radamel Falcao moving to Chelsea, Edinson Cavani to Manchester City, Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and Neymar to Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Arguments can be made about the possibility of failure for each of those moves, and there's the probability that some may not even transpire at all.

Then, of course, the Gunners aren't the only side reportedly interested in Jovetic.

Manchester City has been touted as a possible destination (per the Metro) and according to the Daily Expressthe Italian giants—Inter, AC Milan and Juventus—are interested.

That's some tough competition.

So why, amid all this, would Arsenal's signing Jovetic be the biggest transfer deal of the summer?

Signing him ahead of the competition, and for what would be a sizable fee, would signal Arsenal's intent. And if there's one club that could mold the player into an unstoppable force, it's Arsenal.

At 23, Jovetic would be a signing for the present and the future. Only Neymar from the group above presents a similar prospect, and there's no telling how he will turn out in European play. 

While there is nothing better than a homegrown talent, Jovetic could become the Thierry Henry to Jack Wilshere's Tony Adams.

He has all of the talents necessary to fit into Arsenal's system and excel.

Close control, vision, excellent dribbling and an eye for the goal is what the Montenegrin would bring to the club.

Essentially, Jovetic has qualities of all Arsenal's main goal-scorers—Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and then some.

Admittedly, his goal-scoring ratio is not at Henry's level, nor is his pace, but he has enough talent to have a similar impact.

Twelve goals in 26 Serie A games isn't bad, but it can, and should, improve with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere to play with.

In fact, Jovetic's two key passes per game, albeit with almost 20 less passes than Wilshere and 30 less than Cazorla, leaves him right behind the two Arsenal playmakers.

His versatility would also make him a great asset for the side, though it would be better for Arsene Wenger to put him in one position to reach his maximum.

Whether that's as deep-lying forward, or an out-and-out striker, Jovetic would do well.

The one worry for some would be Jovetic's injury history. He missed the whole 2010/11 season with a significant knee injury but has otherwise been pretty durable (via Goal.com).

Minus that season, Jovetic has played more than 30 games in each season since 2009/10.

He would have to get used to playing more with the Gunners, but that's where squad depth comes in.

There are plenty of positives that would come with Arsenal signing Jovetic. Plenty of unknowns, too.

Arsenal could have a player with an extremely positive impact for years to come, and that's why signing Jovetic could result in the biggest transfer deal of the summer.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet and WhoScored.

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