Former Fiorentina midfielder - Jovetic not worth €30 million

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Arsenal have been strongly linked with a summer transfer for Stevan Jovetic.

Arsenal have been linked heavily with signing Stevan Jovetic this summer, with fans hoping he is the part of the jigsaw which can fire the Gunners back into the title race next season.

There appear to be twists and turns every day regarding his future, but he certainly appears more likely than any other player to be heading to the Emirates this summer.

The fee proposed is £25 million, which works out at €29.6 million Euros, a sum which would be Arsenal's record transfer fee.

Jovetic is currently playing for an in-form Fiorentina side, who lie in fourth - But with only the top three in Serie A receiving Champions League qualification, the club appear destined to miss out.

And former Fiorentina midfielder Daniele Amerini, who played for the club between 1991 and 1995 believes the Montenegrin is destined to leave the side this summer.

Speaking to the Italian press, he said: "He still has a contract with Fiorentina, but honestly I think he will go."

Amerini made no attempt to guess Jovetic's potential destination - with Juventus realistically the only other possibility at this point, but state his opinion with regard to the fee being discussed for him.

 "I do not think that price. Undoubtedly Jovetic is an important player, but for what he has shown in recent years I do not think is worth that kind of money."

It is a point that Arsenal fans would be wise to pick up on, for amid all the excitement surrounding Jovetic, it should not be forgotten that his strike rate this season is not overly impressive.

Jovetic has 12 goals in 30 Serie A appearances, with four assists to his name. He has no 'other' goals or assists in club competitions to add to that tally.

In context however he is Fiorentina's top league scorer, but the 23-year-old is also amid a particularly poor run of form, with just one goal in his last 10 appearances.

It is one more league goal than Olivier Giroud has managed, 11 in 33, and also greater than Lukas Podolski, 9 in 31.

But his figures are in the same ball-park, and Arsenal fans may just be right to question if Jovetic is the 30 goals a season man they so desperately crave.

Jovetic last season scored 14 goals, his highest to date, and while his preferred position is a secondary striker, whether he is able to bring the best out of a Giroud, Podolski, or Walcott, may be where he earns his money.

But with a combined 10 assists across two seasons, fans may want to see Jovetic lift his game too when he arrives at the Gunners, if he is to cope with the expectation place on him which will come with his price tag.

Arsenal fans what do you think? Is Jovetic worth the money? If not then who should they target?

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