Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic has admitted his pleasure at hearing the interest he has received from the Gunners and has opened the door ajar for a Premier League move with his latest comments.
The Gunners are in desperate need for a star striker, and the £20-25million rated Montenegro international may fit the bill for Wenger this summer as he longs to fill the goal-void left by Van Persie last summer.
The Serie A forward is set to face England in this weeks top of the table Group H clash for the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, and the 23-year-old has hailed the Premier League as the best in the world.
He told the Daily Star Sunday:
It sure is nice when you are interesting big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City.
I’m very comfortable in Italy but the Premier League is at the top of the football world – and perhaps the best.
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Who knows? Maybe one day I will be playing at one of the English clubs.
Jovetic has bagged a decent 12 goals and four assists in 24 matches for Fiorentina this season, and at only 23-years-old he is certainly an interesting target, but not necessarily the finished article unlike Edinson Cavani or Radamel Falcao.
Speaking of the prolific Napoli striker Cavani, he has admitted he is unsure where he will be playing next season, and his future is in the hands of the club.
The Uruguayan has scored an impressive 27 goals in 33 games for Walter Mazzarri’s side and his performance are attracting plenty of interest from many suitors.
Cavani told Uruguayan publication El Observador:
Football is a business. In Napoli I am fine as I have the love of the fans, but in football you never know where you play in the future. Much also depends on the club and the decisions of the president.
While the Gunners have a reported large transfer war chest, and Wenger admitting he now has the ability to buy someone as expensive as Cavani, there is no way they will be able to match the insane £70m buyout clause let alone his rated £40m price tag.
But if Arsenal want to win trophies, Cavani is the type and calibre of player we need. Although Jovetic is an exciting option, the Uruguayan striker is more of a finished article and has a far better record than his Montenegrin counterpart.
Also making headlines is Nigerian’s African Cup of Nations defender Godfrey Oboabona, who will join Arsenal on trial as he attempts to earn himself a move to the club he has supported since a boy.
The centre-back impressed for his country in the recent African tournament and has attracted plenty of interest however it seems the Gunners have the edge as they are his boyhood club.
Although he is set to undergo a trial his long-term future is unlikely to be sorted out until the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old told MTNFootball:
Arsenal are my favourite club from childhood. It is the club I want to play for.
I already have offers from the top five leagues in the world. But like you know the transfer window had closed by the time the Nations Cup ended.
If I want to make any move now then it would be to an African country, and I don’t want such a move when I have offers from Europe.
So, I would rather wait until the summer and make the right choice instead of rushing into any move.
The Gunners need some more defensive reinforcements, and if the Nigerian turns out to be a diamond in the rough then we cannot complain. He will be available cheap but hopefully has bags of potential.
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