Having been linked with a move to Arsenal over the transfer window, there's little doubting that Stevan Jovetic is a big priority for the North London club this summer.
The Gunners have sent scouts to watch the star several times this season, and despite early reports suggesting that the North London club were very close to signing the striker, it seems that there's still a little way to go before Jovetic is at the Emirates Stadium.
Still, according to the latest reports from John Cross at The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are very keen on the Montenegro star and are lining up a strong summer move.
Arsenal have opened talks with Fiorentina over buying their top striker target, Stevan Jovetic. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has identified Montenegro international Jovetic as his first-choice big-money buy for this summer.
Jovetic, who played against England in a drawn World Cup qualifier last month, is understood to be keen, but any move may depend on Arsenal getting into the Champions League with a top-four finish this season.
By all accounts, it seems like a good move for the North London club to make—assuming they can beat out other clubs to the signature of Jovetic this summer.
However, the biggest question mark remains around his transfer fees and how much money the Gunners would need to spend to sign him over the transfer window.
Reports from talkSPORT last week spoke of a £30 million tag that Fiorentina had reportedly placed on the star striker. Having seen Wenger's frugal bartering and his ability to pick up a brilliant player cheaper than expected, that figure could be dropped somewhat, but it will no doubt be a substantial transfer fee for the Gunners—who have only spent more than £20 million once before in club history.
Transfermarkt lists Jovetic at £26.5 million, with three years still remaining on his current deal at Fiorentina, meaning it needs to be a strong offer from Arsenal.
The money will be there for the Gunners; the biggest question remains as to whether they can justify spending such a big amount of money on one individual player who hasn't played in the Premier League before and has had a number of injuries before in his playing career.
Even for that much money, the answer is undoubtedly yes.
Jovetic is a great striker who can play in a number of different roles up front—as the target man, in behind the striker or even out on the left-hand side at times.
He has great close control and dribbling ability, and based on his Serie A background, he has great individual skill. The Montenegro international has a keen eye for goal and is able to finish off either foot. He also possesses a great ability to score from outside the box.
Moreover, Jovetic is a great playmaker, averaging two key passes per game despite averaging less than 40 total passes per game. And it's that ability and talent that would make him an excellent addition to the top of Arsenal's attack, where he would no doubt thrive alongside Olivier Giroud.
Given that they have Giroud, Arsenal don't need Jovetic to play at the top of the attack. Instead, they could use him as a secondary striker (his best role) and get the best out of him that way—working in and around Giroud with the likes of Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere in behind him, assisting and feeding the striker duo ahead of them.
Allowing for some time to get used to each other, that duo could well become one of the more potent in the Premier League. And given that Giroud (26) and Jovetic (23) have a number of years left in them, it could be a long-term partnership at the Emirates, which is exactly what the Gunners need after seeing many of their stars leave in the past few years.
Arsenal still have work to do to sign Jovetic. They still have to convince Fiorentina and create a deal that's going to win them the striker over other interested clubs.
But if the biggest question mark surrounding a potential deal is money, then there's no fear to be had, for Jovetic would certainly be money well spent this summer.
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