Arsenal ‘switch to alternative target after Vardy snub’ – report

Date published: Monday 20th June 2016 9:44

Stevan Jovetic: Heading back to the Premier League?

Stevan Jovetic: Heading back to the Premier League?

Arsenal have identified Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic as their next transfer target with Jamie Vardy set to stay with Leicester.

Arsene Wenger revealed on Japanese television that he expects Vardy to turn down a move to the Emirates after England’s participation at Euro 2016 is over, and Italian outlet Sport Mediaset believe the Gunners have already moved on to other strikers to complement Olivier Giroud.

Jovetic signed a four-year deal with Inter Milan back in July 2015, scoring eight goals in 30 appearances for the Nerazzurri. It is thought it will take a bid of £11.5million for the Serie A outfit to allow the unwanted striker to move on.

Russian side Spartak Moscow are also said to be interested in the forward, who has 16 goals in 40 caps for Montenegro.

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    Mark Scott
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    Arsenal have identified on-loan Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic as their next transfer target with Jamie Vardy set to stay Leicester.

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    Saw these rumours start to pop up yesterday and my first thought was ‘lazy journalism’. Jovetic was another player we were linked with for an entire transfer window before apparently baulking at the asking price.
    Who knows….maybe we are back in for him but I can’t see him being the answer we are looking for. Essentially what we want first of all is an upgrade on Giroud. Jovetic was scoring a goal every 3.3 games at Fiorentina, when he was regarded as one of the best striking prospects playing in Europe.
    He only made 38 apps for City in a 2 year period, scoring 11 goals and never looked like he was going to be a first team player really. 7 goals in 25 games for Inter since he left City means that he pretty much averages a goal every 3.5 games wherever he plays.

    Giroud averaged a goal every 2 games for Montpellier and has averaged a goal every 2.2 games since he joined us and that has included some long baron spells. So on a very simplistic level looking at output, Jovetic certainly would not be an upgrade. Nor can I see him doing the job that we want. He doesn’t posses the physicality to play the lone striker role, or the work ethic to get around the pitch in the final third.

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    Al The Gooner
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    I often get sucked in myself but you’re spot on Andy – I think there’s just a list of players the media have and will link us with every summer, with it often being news to both the player himself and to Wenger.

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    Andy and Al – Lazy journalism or not, what I am taking from these links by the media is that the vibe that Wenger is exuding is loud and clear: he’s not so much after a palpable, exciting (possibly expensive) upgrade as he is cover for Welbeck and competition for Giroud.

    That’s how it comes across to me anyway. And it is his faith in his players that has perhaps given him a less glittering career than he arguably should have. Because very, very few of them have paid the faith back. And even fewer of his gambles are paying off over the last decade.

    Dembele for free… seriously? Now, I would take him over Sanogo and Akpom (combined!) in a heartbeat as a useful squad and reserves player. But when we have the holes we have in the FIRST TEAM, these sorts of deals should be right at the bottom of the pile and not our predominant focus!

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    Absolutely barber. I just have this feeling that it is driving Wenger mad that he has to be in the market for a front man. He is desperate to prove that he can win it on his terms, with the players he decides are good enough. Truth is, injury to Welbeck aside, we would all be crying out for a new striker anyway! Danny has a lot of admirable qualities, but he isn’t going to score 30 a season, even if he managed to stay fit.

    I know we talked a few days back about how there seems to be a lack of ‘available’ quality options in the forward area. We felt like we would need to potentially spend big even on a risky unproven option. Well surely we are looking closely at Vincent Janssen?
    At the start of the month he had apparently been allowed to talk to Spurs and Alkmaar are wanting a fee in the region of 12 million!

    I appreciate there are risks when signing someone from the Dutch league but surely at that price, he is worth a punt? He is only 22 so there is still time for further improvement. 27 in 34 games is quality finishing regardless of the league he plays in. Already has 3 in 5 for the national team as well.

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    Andy – Janssen is more than worth a punt at 12m, mate! I figured they might hold out for between 15m and 20m. But 12m is value and a half. I still feel like he’s 1-D in the way that RvN was BUT… When you have decent firepower behind you in terms of creativity, all you have to do is pop up in the right areas and you will bag yourself a hatful. And he puts himself about as well and can make himself a real handful.

    A true box player, and we haven’t had that for a while. Despite his haul last season, I still think his finishing could improve a fair bit and that’s where I thought Milik was a little bit better on the whole.

    I know a couple of people have seen Milik at the Euros, particularly the Germany game, and looked down on him. Fair enough – but for both his big chances, you will see a defender make an attempt to reach the ball, which put him off. So the misses look more horrible than they were. Anyway, IMO either of Janssen and Milik would be welcome, and I think Milik might suit us more and offer a little bit more. In the absence of the top names, such calculated punts are the way to go. Jovetic we know bombed in the PL despite playing for one of the best teams. He hasn’t fared much better in Inter since then. He’s a little bit older now and clearly not making good on his earlier promise. Knowing all this, is he still worth bringing to the Emirates? Not for me.

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