Arsenal clinched their own Champions League spot this afternoon, winning their crucial game against Newcastle 1-0 thanks to a Laurent Koscielny goal.
One key target has long been rumoured to be Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic, and the chances were boosted tonight.
Fiorentina were minutes away from securing a Champions League place of their own, only to have it cruelly snatched away from them.
Going into the final set of games, Fiorentina needed to win at Pescara and hope somehow that AC Milan would lose to Siena.
And for 84 minutes the dream was on, with Milan trailing 1-0 while they battered whipping boys Pescara.
This meant Fiorentina would have leapfrogged Milan into third and secured an unlikely Champions League spot.
It would have given the Italians a real boost in their resolve to convince the striker to stay, because it had long been put forward that the reason he was open to a move was because Fiorentina could not match his ambitions.
It would have given Jovetic a real dilemma, and his club have extra reason to hang onto him and attempt to try to persuade him to give it one more season.
But then drama struck, Milan were awarded an 84th minute penalty, and Mario Balotelli coolly stepped up to convert it.
This left both teams level on points, and goal difference tighter than ever with Fiorentina winning 5-1 via an Adem Ljajic hat-trick.
It wasn't over though, and with three minutes to go, French defender Phillippe Mexes popped up to score a crucial winner to gift Milan the lead, with the game finishing 2-1.
So Fiorentina missed out, and may just have seen their chances of keeping hold of their star player with it.
Potential suitors, with Arsenal at the top of that list, might just be breathing a sigh of relief that the chase for Jovetic has not just been made more complicated.
Does this make Jovetic more likely to stay leave? What do you think?
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