The latest news on the transfer of Stevan Jovetic to Arsenal from the Serie A side Fiorentina, is that there is no news. There has been no official statement or even suggestions by agents or people in the know that a deal has been done.
This lack of news seems insufficient for certain websites, which insist on telling us that there is a `done deal` or that Jovetic has a pen in his hand and is poised over a contract, just about to sign, any second now…
There may be a tentative agreement in place between both clubs and the Montenegrin striker, but we simply don’t know. The fact is that neither club really knows what their situation will be next season, as we are both still fighting for a Champions League place.
Fiorentina look to have blown it, following a 1-0 defeat at home to Roma. That puts them five points behind AC Milan in third, but only three ahead of Roma. With three games to play, it looks more likely that they will lose out on the Europa League than overtake Milan for the Champions League.
That situation would make it much more likely that Jovetic would leave, but Arsenal have not secured a place among Europe’s elite yet, and we don’t know how much Wenger will have to spend if we are in the Europa League next season. Plus, there are other teams interested in the 23-year old. Read the stories on caughtoffside and goal.com if you want, but have a bowl of salt next to you when you do.
Also, is it just me, or is the possible signing of Jovetic slightly underwhelming anyway. He has scored just 12 times in 29 games for the Italian club this season, 14 last season and 11 the season before that. All three of the current Arsenal strike force have outscored him this season and he is the main man at his club. Should we not be looking for a striker with a better record? Christian Benteke springs to mind and he has already said a move to Arsenal would be his dream move.