Stevan Jovetic: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report
Fiorentina were moments away from securing Champions League football for next season, but Milan's last-gasp victory over Siena means the club will have to settle for the Europa League instead. And they could be dealt with another blow this summer.
The Viola will have a fight on their hands to keep their highly-rated forward Stevan Jovetic at the Artemio Franchi, who is currently being courted by several clubs across Europe after some impressive performances in the Serie A.
Now we take a look at how the former Partizan forward has performed this season, which clubs are queuing for his signature and a brief scouting guide to the Montenegro striker, along with a few details as to where he might be plying his trade next season.
CONTRACT SITUATION: Jovetic signed a new five-year deal in October 2011, and is contracted to the Italian side until the summer of 2016.
CAREER STOPS: Partizan Belgrade (2006-2008), Fiorentina (2008-present)
CURRENT CAMPAIGN: Serie A: 31 games, 13 goals, 5 assists (WhoScored)
An elegant forward, Stevan Jovetic relies more on his technical quality than his pace. Operating more as a second striker as opposed to a lone, out-and-out frontman, this is reflected in his goal tally.
It's fair to say he is not quite as prolific as other Serie A strikers, but he combines both creativity and finishing into his game. Jovetic likes to drop into pockets of space and tends to play just off the main striker for both Fiorentina and his country Montenegro in the "No.10" role.
Jovetic still has three years remaining on the deal he signed back in October 2011, and with that, he has never publicly stated his intention to leave Florence, where he has been based for the last five years.
However, the 23-year-old did recently reveal he was flattered to be linked with a move to Arsenal (Goal.com) and with Juventus also showing a long-standing interest in the talented forward (Goal.com), a move seems to be on the cards.
Obviously there are some hindrances which could block a move away from Fiorentina; a move abroad would suit the club much better than selling to a rival such as Juventus, and despite interest from Arsenal, the player's wage demands as well as the hefty fee could see a move fall through.
According to the Express, Manchester City were said to be targeting Jovetic before Roberto Mancini was sacked last week, and although they are one of few who could afford the Montenegrin native, their interest could die down depending on who takes over at the Etihad Stadium.
Jovetic faces an uncertain summer as clubs weigh up their bids, but another season in Serie A and in the Europa League would do no harm to his development should no suitable offer arrive.
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