Having been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, there's little doubting that Stevan Jovetic would be a great signing for the Gunners.
The talented striker is young, a proven goal-scorer and would add a great complement to their attack for many years to come. And, according to Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle, his current club is seemingly ready to prepare for life without him next season in Serie A—suggesting that a summer transfer could be on the cards for the 23-year-old.
Della Valle reportedly told Italian media (h/t Sky Sports):
I'm going to meet him [Jovetic] when he comes back from the national team. He has a right to decide where he plays. I hope he can stay with us [but] if here were to leave we have to be happy with the money that we'll have to strengthen the team.
According to the media outlet, the transfer fee is expected to reach £25 million, and it's therefore easy to see why Della Valle is happy with selling this prized asset—especially given that the club doesn't have the prospect of playing Champions League football to try and lure players like Arsenal can.
From Arsenal's point of view, the £25 million is a substantial fee, but one that would seemingly be a great option for them as they look towards the future.
Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla all thrived in their debut Premier League season, and showed towards the back end of the year in particular just how strong they can be. That trio is seemingly primed for a strong future at the Emirates, and if Arsenal can move to add in another world-class attacker to that mix, they'll seemingly be a very strong club once again.
And then the talk of winning titles can begin once more.
Jovetic is a gifted player who is a mazy dribbler with the ball at his feet. He has excellent vision and passing skills, but is also capable of finishing with deadly accuracy and skill. His poise on the ball gained from Serie A will be particularly valuable to the Gunners' possession-centered attack, and if he can develop a good relationship with Giroud, could well turn into a very good Premier League striker.
For Arsenal, there's no price that can be put on that.
The Gunners will know that they were somewhat lucky to make the Champions League this year, and very nearly cost themselves a big payday. Signing someone like Jovetic would no doubt ensure a similar process didn't happen next year as well.
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