Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Why Gunners Need Backup Plan for Target Stevan Jovetic

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

PESCARA, ITALY - MAY 19:  Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina after the Serie A match between Pescara and ACF Fiorentina at Adriatico Stadium on May 19, 2013 in Pescara, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Stevan Jovetic may be Arsenal's top target this summer (if you believe the rumors), but the Gunners will need to have a backup plan in place if Fiorentina's purported—and massive—asking price for their star forward is true.

From John Cross of the Mirror:

Arsene Wenger has been quoted a staggering £30 million for No.1 striker target Stevan Jovetic.

Arsenal boss Wenger, who is set for a big summer of spending, is understood to have held talks with the Montenegro striker's Italian club Fiorentina, while agents have also been trying to broker a deal for the 23-year-old.

But the Florence-based side are determined to hold out for a huge price for Jovetic, as they know their Serie A rivals Juventus are also keen on him.

In that article, Cross also mentions Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain (realistic) and Napoli's Edinson Cavani (not a chance in Hades) as potential targets at forward. 

Other targets that have been floated in the past include Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke.

I think Jovetic is the ideal addition, but at £30 million, I'm willing to change my tune. I love that he is both a goalscorer and creator, capable of playing as a central forward, dropping back as a second striker or attacking midfielder or even playing out wide if necessary. 

With strong dribbling skills and the ability to beat defenders one-on-one, he would fit Wenger's system well.

But Higuain is intriguing. He is older than Jovetic, yes, but he is also the more proven and clinical finisher, with 17 goals in just 28 starts (46 total appearances) this season for Real Madrid. In total, he scored 20 or more goals for Real Madrid in three of the past five seasons.

Higuain is a true poacher, a reason I've heard a lot of folks desire Arsenal to land him along with Jovetic. That seems unrealistic, but one or the other would certainly be nice. 

Though Benteke has been very impressive this year, he's a similar player to Giroud (solid in the air, good at holding up play, fairly athletic for his size) and wouldn't give Wenger much versatility at forward. Remy certainly would, however, with the sort of pace and dribbling prowess to also play wide on the wings. 

Still, if given the option of Jovetic or Remy, I'll take Jovetic any day of the week. Well, if the price is right, that is. 

And it may not be. 

Wenger supposedly will be flush with cash this summer, but the team also seems interested in upgrading at keeper, will probably need to replace Bacary Sagna at right-back and needs to add a holding midfielder as well.

In other words, £30 million for Jovetic may handcuff the team's other plans. One thing is for certain—this summer is going to be very intriguing for the Gunners as the team looks to end its trophy drought. If the money truly will be flowing in North London, a whole lot of Gooners will be very happy come August.


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