Montenegrin star must now chose between the Emirates and Eastlands.
Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester City are set to go head to head in order to win the race for in-demand Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic’s signature this summer, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The coveted Montenegro international has been the subject of a whole host of speculation this summer linking the centre forward with a possible big-money move away from Florence when the transfer window reopened on July 1.
However, it is now understood that one of those potential suitors, Serie A champions Juventus, have pulled out of the running to sign the 23-year-old due to the fierce rivalry that exists between the two Italian clubs.
“A lot has been said about Jovetic but difficulties in our relationship has made any deal difficult,” said Juve general director Giuseppe Marotta.
“At the moment I don’t think it will be possible, but a lot could happen between now and the beginning of September.”
As a result, that has cleared the path free for both City and the Gunners to sign the centre forward, who has netted 40 goals in 134 appearances in all competitions since joining Fiorentina from FK Partizan for just £8 million in May 2008, including 35 strikes in 116 league contests.
However, with a contract in Florence that runs until June 30 2016, both top-flight outfits know that Jovetic is not going to come cheap this summer, with his club seeking a fee of at least £25m for his services.