Arsenal and Manchester City transfer target Stevan Jovetic has hinted he would be open to a move to the Etihad Stadium - by suggesting he would be happy to sign for a team where he had to fight for a starting spot.

The talented striker has been in fine form this season, scoring 12 times in 23 league games.

The Citizens have been long-term admirers of Jovetic, and were linked with making a move for the Fiorentina star last summer.

However reports this weekend suggest that Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in the 23-year-old, and will break the bank in order to get their man. report that Manchester City have negotiated a first-option clause on the Montenegrin forward, and while Jovetic refused to be drawn on which club he would like to join if he left Fiorentina in the summer, he did reveal he wants to test himself against the very best.

"It's better to play in a team where you know you are a starting player, but in life you have to grow and test yourself," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.  "It's a risk that I would face.

"There are three categories of players: those like Totti, who chose to stay in their home, the team where they're born - a choice I would have made if I had stayed in Belgrade - those that stay in a place because they have fear to move, and those that fear can't stop. Me? I have no fear."

Serie A leaders Juventus have also been linked with a move for Jovetic, but recent reports suggest Arsenal's interest is most concrete.

The Gunners are likely to be in the market for a striker after another difficult season as they search for a genuine replacement for Robin van Persie.

Boss Arsene Wenger is expected to spend big this summer as he looks to haul Arsenal back to competing with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

If reports that Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could be on the move prove true, then Arsenal may find themselves locked in a battle with the Citizens for Jovetic.



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