Arsenal is set to make some big moves this offseason, but the squad will have to look beyond its first option.
The club has made Stevan Jovetic its top priority this summer after watching him on several occasions this year. The Gunners could seriously use someone who scored 13 goals with five assists this year for Fiorentina. The fact that he is only 23 years old means that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Of course, the Serie A club was well aware of his skill, and put a price tag of £30 million for the transfer, according to John Cross of Mirror Football. While this is a steep cost, it was still a possibility for Arsenal to spend the money.
Unfortunately, this appears to be a lost cause. According to Metro Sports:
The Gunners are believed to have made Jovetic their top transfer target, and reports this week claimed that negotiations were already underway over a £24.5million deal.
However, speaking after Fiorentina denied talks with Arsenal had taken place, agent Fali Ramadani says his client is not interested in moving to the Emirates.
‘Stevan prefers to stay in Italy rather than move away,’ said Ramadani.
It appears that Jovetic is more likely to go to a club like Juventus than move to the English Premier League. As a result, Arsenal needs to look for help in other places.
The best option on the table right now is Gonzalo Higuain. The Real Madrid star has more experience than Jovetic and has shown an ability to score at a high rate for a very good team.
Last season, he finished with 14 goals in La Liga, which ranked second on his club behind Cristiano Ronaldo. At 25 years old, he still has plenty of time left in his prime to succeed as well.
Cross reports that Real is asking for £22 million, but the club only values him at about £18 million. Still, his ability makes him worth the asking price.
Beyond that, there are few potential targets that will truly improve the front line. Fans have been clamoring for Manchester United player Wayne Rooney, but Arsene Wenger has denied any interest in the veteran, according to Fox Sports:
Arsenal boss denies approach for Wayne Rooney - on-msn.com/11K7hrY— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 17, 2013
Arsenal has some talented offensive players, but it can always use more goal-scorers on the roster. While the club had a solid season earning a trip to next year's Champions League, it still has a long way to go to reach the top of the EPL.
Jovetic appears to be a lost cause, so the Gunners need to move on to acquire more talented players. Higuain is a great option for the club, and this transfer needs to be completed at all cost.