Arsenal are losing ground in the race to sign Stevan Jovetic, with the Gunners refusing to budge on their valuation for the Fiorentina striker. The Daily Mail believes the Serie A club are looking at a fee in the range of £25m, something which Arsene Wenger believes is too steep for the North London club's liking.
The Italian champions Juventus are closing in on the striker and are willing to match Fiorentina's valuation of the forward, something which may force them to sell the 23-year-old to their direct rivals.
Wenger has made a striker his top priority in the summer and is also keeping tabs on Real Madrid duo of Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, should a deal for Jovetic fail to materialize. Arsenal are also prepared to revive their interest in Barcelona frontman David Villa, but will face competition from Tottenham who are reported to have opened talks with the forward.
Arsenal are close to confirming a deal for Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo who is set to join the Gunners before the start of next season. Wenger has also expressed an interest in signing Clement Grenier whom he believes is similar in style to Samir Nasri who left the club for Manchester City in 2011.
Nobbs on Arsenal Women's FA Cup win
Meanwhile, Arsenal Women's midfielder Jordan Nobbs believes that it was imperative that the Gunners put on a good start against Bristol City in the final of the Women's FA Cup last weekend. The Gunners won the game and the Cup 3-0 and Nobbs was handed the Player of the Match award after an energetic display.
"It's always a privilege just to be on the pitch never mind to get player of the match. I'm chuffed to bits and hopefully there are more to come. I think the early goal settled us a bit. You get a little bit more confident on the ball sometimes when that happens. We kept the same mentality even after that. We definitely wanted to go out with a strong mentality and I think that's why we got the goal early on," Nobbs told www.arsenal.com.
"Not everyone wins every single game. I think it's normal to have your setbacks but I think that's when you get out stronger. We didn't want anything like that to happen again this year and I think that's helped us to go and win it. We've proved that we still can win it," she added.