The agent of Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic has hinted at his client’s likely destination.
Juventus are now favourites to sign Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina ahead of Arsenal after the Montenegrin’s agent revealed his client would prefer to stay in Italy.
“Stevan prefers to stay in Italy rather than move away,” said Fali Ramadani to today’s Metro.
There have been conflicting reports on Jovetic’s future this week, with Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset claiming this week that Ramadani was in London to negotiate terms for the 23 year-old, with the two clubs having agreed a fee of 30 million Euros.
However, Fiorentina have denied that they have received any offer from the Gunners for their star player, with club sporting director Daniel Prade confirming that remained the case to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“With Arsenal we have not had any contact, it’s a route that does not exist,” said Prade.
“The situation for the player will be resolved directly by the president Andrea Della Valle and we will see what happens.
“We would be happy for him to remain in Florence.”
However, despite all that has been said above, Prade also stated that talks had begun about a deal with Juventus.
Fiorentina fans are traditionally reluctant to lose players to Juventus, with animosity still lingering after Roberto Baggio’s transfer to Turin in 1990, but have done good deals with the Scudetto holders in recent years – Felipe Melo being a prime example.
“I have not been authorised to speak to Juventus. If the club owners do not authorise me to do so, then I will continue along this path.”
Jovetic’s thirteen goals and five assists are a healthy return for a player who was deployed on the left flank, behind a striker and up front himself this past season, but there remains the consensus that he could develop into one of the best players in the world.
Arsenal will hope that he does so in north London.