Emirates Stadium boss in talks to bring in top quality summer additions.
Arsenal are reportedly hot on the heels of two young talents Arsene Wenger hopes will help to bring an end to the North London club’s eight season silverware drought.
The Gunners boss is said to be in talks to sign Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic in a deal thought to be worth £24m. The Montenegrin international is likely to leave his Serie A side this summer with La Viola boss Vincenzo Montella already having signed a replacement in the form of Italian international Giuseppe Rossi.
Jovetic has enjoyed two consistent seasons leading the Fiorentina attack scoring 14 goals last term and netted another dozen Serie A goals thus far this term.
The 23 year old is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League and initial talks with the player have proved encouraging, with some sources claiming that a deal to bring the former Partizan Belgrade man to Arsenal is close.
Having seen long term target Mario Gotze reach agreement with Bayern Munich ahead of a summer move to the Allianz Arena, Arsene Wenger has switched focus from the German starlet to Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, who the Arsenal manager hopes to lure to the Emirates Stadium.
The 21 year old Danish international has been in superb form at the Amsterdam Arena club over the past three seasons and is on course to help his Ajax side to a third successive Eredivisie crown. The goal-scoring midfielder’s stock rose further during the current campaign due to some solid displays in the Champions League.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer is apparently resigned to losing Eriksen in the summer but it may take bids in excess of €25m (£21m) to land the highly rated starlet, a fee that Arsene Wenger is ready to pay. Arsenal may look to subsidise any such offer with a potential player exchange with the Dutch giants said to be interested in striker Nicklas Bendtner who is clearly a player the Premier League side can afford to use as a makeweight.
Eriksen is said to be open to a move to Arsenal though the success of any move from Wenger may be dictated by potential interest from other members of Europe’s ‘Elite’.
Wenger will be handed a sizable transfer war-chest this summer and is hoping to bring in top quality additions to help in the club’s drive for major honours. The Arsenal manager is more than aware that his ability to sign either Eriksen or Jovetic will be greatly aided by the securing of a Champions League berth.
A recent run of good form, eight wins in their last ten Premier League fixtures, has taken Arsenal into third spot, a point ahead of Chelsea and two clear of Tottenham, though both sides have a game in hand they will also have to take on each other.