Arsenal and Manchester City have been given potential hope in their pursuit of Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.
TalkSPORT cite reports in Italy when claiming that the Viola have already put together a wish-list of players to replace the Montenegro international, with Southampton star Gaston Ramirez heading the queue.
The Uruguayan international arrived at St. Mary’s in the summer transfer window, but has been held back by injuries under old boss Nigel Adkins and new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
That hasn’t stopped the 22-year-old from being linked with a swift return to Serie ‘A’ however, with Fiorentina set to have cash at their disposal if Jovetic leaves for pastures news.
The radio station claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘is considering a move’ for the player, who has 23 goals in his last 48 Italian top-flight appearances.
Olivier Giroud is currently the only senior option available to the Gunners chief in attack, with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski also able to play through the middle if required at the Emirates Stadium.
However, Jovetic would add an extra dimension to the Arsenal attack, and a cutting edge that could help the north London club compete for honours once again.
A transfer battle is unlikely to go all their own way though, with Manchester City also linked with the player.
Indeed, The Daily Express reported yesterday that Citizens boss Roberto Mancini was favourite to land the player, citing reports in Italian paper La Nazione over a £26million price-tag on the player’s head.
Mancini has admitted he’s an admirer of Jovetic in the past, and the departure of Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window has potentially left a space for a new striker at Manchester City in the summer.