Emirates Stadium side plot Serie A raid.
Arsenal are ready to re-ignite their interest in Fiorentina youngster Stevan Jovetic as Arsene Wenger’s reported pursuit of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain appears to have stalled.
CaughtOffside understands that the Gunners are prepared to re-visit the idea of a move for the Montenegro having targeted the 23 year old earlier this summer, only for talks with the Serie A side to hit the buffers.
Fiorentina have just completed the signing of German international Mario Gomez and having already brought in Giuseppe Rossi from Villarreal in January there is certainly every chance that the Stadio Artemio Franchi side are readying themselves for a possible departure of their most effective striker.
Jovetic finished as the club’s top scorer in each of the last two campaigns, netting 27 times in 58 Serie A appearances though the former Partizan Belgrade man offers much more than just scoring goals.
The cultured forward would certainly fit in well with Arsene Wenger’s style of play and the Arsenal manager clearly feels that Jovetic suits his approach to the game and is now ready to make a concrete offer for the 23 year old.
Wenger is keen to bring in a fresh attacking option and has been linked with a number of top quality targets, including the aforementioned Higuain, Man United star Wayne Rooney and reportedly made a big money offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. However it did appear that following the end of the 2012/13 campaign the Arsenal manager had focused all of his attention on the pursuit of Jovetic, a pursuit the French boss now hopes to finally see through.
Arsenal are ready to meet Jovetic’s reported €31m (£27m) release clause, a move that will smash the North London club’s transfer record, a task that Wenger seems desperate to achieve having been handed a massive transfer fund by the Emirates Stadium side’s board.
Wenger is looking to offload back-up attackers Nicklas Bendter, Park Chu-Young, Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho as part of a wider squad cull that has already seen the likes of Andrei Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci released and Vito Mannone sold to Sunderland.