Fiorentina rule out selling Arsenal target Jovetic

Fiorentina have insisted that striker Stevan Jovetic is not for sale this summer, ESPN have reported, dealing a blow to the transfer plans of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had identified the Montenegro international as one of his primary targets for the summer.

Jovetic has previously spoken of his desire for a new challenge after five years with the Serie A side and Fiorentina initially indicated they would allow the 23-year-old to leave if a fitting offer came in from one of the parties interested in his signature – the Gunners face competition from Manchester City and Juventus.

But the Viola’s sporting director, Daniele Prade, has issued contrary comments to the Italian media, telling Lega Calcio that Jovetic would not be leaving the club this summer – and that Jovetic had not told the club he wanted to move on. Prade said: “ We have been clear about Jovetic. He is not on the market.

There is a word given to the boy by the president: at the end of the season they would talk together, but those are the conditions, otherwise we keep him happy.

There has been no bid [from Juventus], only a meeting between the president and the agent Cognigni Ramadani. Jovetic did not say he would move. It is a discussion between him and the president.

Jovetic joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in 2008, having become the youngest player to captain the Serbian side. He was also one of the first-ever Montenegro internationals, lining up in the starting XI for the country’s first ever fixture, against Hungary in March 2007.

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