Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Arsenal "baulk" at Jovetic's £25m price-tag -Striker chooses to sign for Wenger

Morning Gooners.

The transfer rumour mill is cranking up and unsurprisingly the "news" about Stevan Jovetic's possible move to north London is gathering pace.

It's unsurprising that stories like the ones published in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror should find there way into print. It's all part of the narrative of how Arsenal buy a player.

Apparently we are shocked that Fiorentina want £25m for the 23-year-old forward.

There always comes a time in the transfer negotiation where it appears that Arsenal baulk at the price of said target. It's what our club does isn't it?

But is it true? Are we always surprised with how much a player costs?

Shouldn't it go something like this: We enquire about a player, selling club tell us how much they want for him. We make an offer, they turn it down. Continue until we find an agreement through negotiation or the deal breaks down.

Of course Fiorentina might want to keep Jovetic. They might want to sell him to the highest bidder - the Daily Star believe Jose Mourinho will try to make the forward one of his first signings at Chelsea and that will certainly put the price up if true.

At the end of the day Jovetic is an asset of Fiorentina's and they will want to get the most amount of money for him. If we really want him we're going to have to push the boat out and stump up a lot of money to get him.

But there will come a point where - £70m+ transfer war chest or not - Arsenal will walk away from any deal for the Montenegro international. We've got other targets.

And Gonzalo Higuain is someone who Arsene Wenger will be looking at very carefully.

One player who certainly will be wearing the red and white next season is Yaya Sonago.

He's told Sky Sports:
"Arsenal could be a great club for me, I scored nine goals this season with Auxerre and they think I can improve my level in England. 
"I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of Abou Diaby who came through from Auxerre. 
"There are many teams interested in me, but Arsenal is my choice."
The signing of the 20-year-old is for the future and not as a main member of the first team squad for next season. It's highly unlikely he'll play many, if any, minutes in the Premier League or Champions League.

In all likelihood he'll be mainly used in the under-21s. So don't see him as a first team player, because he won't be.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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