Arsenal target 'promised' he can leave Fiorentina

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Fiorentina midfielder Alberto Aquilani expects Arsenal target Stevan Jovetic to leave Florence during the summer transfer window after the Montenegrin forward was promised he could choose his destination following the end of the campaign.

The future of Jovetic as a Fiorentina player has been the subject of frequent transfer speculation and, it would appear, Arsenal are set to land the services of the 23-year-old before August's transfer deadline.

Arsenal are reported to be in advanced talks with Fiorentina regarding the proposed transfer of Jovetic as Arsene Wenger looks to bring goalscoring reinforcements to the Emirates Stadium in the coming months.

Aquilani is preparing to begin next season without Fiorentina's most prised asset still at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and says Jovetic was told he would be able to leave the club during the imminent transfer window.

“I think at this point [Jovetic] is going to leave,” Aquilani said before Italy’s friendly with San Marino on Friday.

“Last year they promised if he stayed another season then he could choose his future. Aside from being a team-mate, he is also a great person who would do well at any club.”

Jovetic has scored 39 goals in 133 appearances during five seasons in Florence, having signed for the Viola from Partizan Belgrade as a teenager in 2008 for a fee of £8 million.

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