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Italian press: Stevan Jovetic may prefer to snub Arsenal

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Is Stevan Jovetic heading for Arsenal, or in fact Juventus?

There is no arguing over who Arsenal's number one summer transfer target appears to be, for Stevan Jovetic has been locked onto the Gunners' radar since January.

It is even claimed Arsenal are putting together a £24 million offer to Fiorentina, a fee which would constitute a club record.

However reports in Italy today indicate that his signature may not quite be so straightforward, with Juventus ready to place a major spanner in the works.

Newspaper Tuttosport led with it's story that Juventus are odds on to sign one of Gonzalo Higuain or Stevan Jovetic this summer to lead their attack.

But they also claim that big spenders Galatasaray are making a big push for Higuain, leaving Jovetic as a more logical option, and one who would fit better alongside the incoming Fernando Llorente.

Tuttosport claim that Jovetic would prefer to stay in Italy, rather than move to England.

They also report that the fact Juventus' Champions League qualification is already assured as champions, and Arsenal's is still up in the air, and may even have to go through qualifying rounds, gives the Turin club an advantage in early negotiations.

The sticking point in the deal has always believed to be that Fiorentina do not want to sell to another Italian club, but Tuttosport claim that Juventus have already found a way around that.

The two players linked with Arsenal a fortnight ago, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are to be offered to the Florence club along with a substantial amount of cash up front of around £15 million.

Juventus are also considering released two further players into the deal, Sebastien Giovinco an Italian international, and the 50 per cent share in one of the several players they co-own.

It's a really big commitment from Juventus, but one they feel they need to make given the way Jovetic's ability to play behind the attack would lin k up with Llorente.

It underlines why finishing in the top four is so crucial for Arsenal in their negotiations, but as ever the final decision will firstly be with Fiorentina on which offer they prefer - and if the claim Jovetic wants to stay in Italy really is true or not.

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