Posted on Sunday, 10th February 2013 by Tony Merakli
Italy-based journalist Paddy Agnew believes Arsenal target Stevan Jovetic is worth his £20 million price-tag.
The Gunners were linked with a move for the Fiorentina ace during the January transfer window, with many reports suggesting the north London club were preparing a £20 million bid for the 23-year-old.
And Agnew reckons Jovetic, who is contracted to the Florence club until 2016, the Montenegro international would flourish in the Premier League.
When asked if he is worth his £20 million price-tag, Agnew replied:
‘Well he’s certainly worth a lot of money. He is a very good player, a very good player.
‘Three summers ago he joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade for €8 million. But immediately after his arrival, there were already people comparing him to one of Fiorentina’s most famous footballers Roberto Baggio.’
He went on to describe the type of player Jovetic is:
‘He’s a striker, but he’s not a big target man. He’s a guy with terrific balance, a lot of skill, Eastern European skill as you would expect. He’s got pace and he’s got a sense of goal. He’s scored 14 goals last season and he’s already scored nine goals this season.’
He was then asked if Jovetic was a natural striker like Robin van Persie or a player that likes to float around. Agnew said:
‘He’s not a central striker, absolutely not. He’s played as a left winger on occasions. Alongside a big target man he would be absolutely ideal.’
Although Jovetic would be a fantastic signing for us this summer, one that would certainly give us more options up-front. However, I don’t think Arsene Wenger is prepared to shell out £20 million for him.
AC Milan and Juventus are also said to be monitoring the forward.
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