Chelsea are being linked with a summer move for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic in a deal worth a reported £21 million.
The 22 year old Montenegro forward has made 84 appearances for the Viola scoring 36 goals and contributing 13 assists. His most impressive spell with the Italian club is currently underway having scored 12 goals in 17 games during the 2011-12 Serie A season to date.
Chelsea will be hoping to tempt the Florence club with a bid of £21 million which could increase as Jovetic recently signed a new contract with the Viola which runs until 2016. Although it would seem Jovetic’s immediate future is in Italy rumours were fuelled this week by comments made Vincenzo Guerini the clubs manager suggesting no player is “untransferable” and stating they would take an indecent offer into consideration.
Jovetic is also on the radar of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who has been a fan of the player since his Partizan Belgrade days. Chelsea will be hoping Jovetic can provide a more cutting edge to a currently failing attack with the misfiring’s of Fernando Torres. Jovetic can play anywhere along a front three or in behind a centre forward and is well known for being technically astute and his potent finishing ability.
He is a player who has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for some time but fears of a long-term weakness in his right knee have so far prevented any concrete deal. These fears have been calmed this week as scans in Germany revealed new pain was unrelated and linked to a knock he picked up in training.
The player’s agent has tried to calm talks of a transfer while Jovetic insists he is happy in Italy, but Fiorentina could be tempted to cash in if the price is right. The age of the player and timing of the rumour suggests Roman Abramovich is prepared to back Andre Villas-Boas as he looks to build a younger more vibrant squad.
Would the arrival of Jovetic spell the end of Chelsea careers for Solomon Kalou or Fernando Torres?
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