Stevan Jovetic's perspective move to Arsenal have taken a blow after Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade revealed the club are not willing to let their star striker leave in the summer. The Montenegro international is strongly linked with a move to the Emirates with the Italian champions Juventus also keen on his signature.
Prade also admitted there has been no contact from their league rivals Juventus in signing the 23-year-old, which was earlier confirmed by the Turin club's General manager Giuseppe Marotta.
"We have been clear about Jovetic. He is not on the market. There is a word given to the boy by the president: at the end of the season they would talk together, but those are the conditions, otherwise we keep him happy," said Prade, as quoted in Goal.com.
"There has been no bid [from Juventus], only a meeting between the president and the agent Cognigni Ramadani. Jovetic did not say he would move. It is a discussion between him and the president," Fiorentina sporting director added.
Meanwhile, the Italian side's chairman Mario Cognigni had earlier claimed Fiorentina are in no mood to let Jovetic leave in the summer transfer window.
"It's not possible that there will be any negotiations with Juventus for Stevan. In fact, it's not possible to deal with them or anyone else: Jovetic is not for sale. He is happy at Fiorentina and has a contract with us for another three years," Cognigni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Finally, Jovetic's club team mate and former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani revealed the Montenegrin will leave his current employers. The Italian international claims Fiorentina promised the striker last year, that he would be allowed to choose his future in the summer.
"I think at this point [Jovetic] is going to leave. Last year they promised if he stayed another season then he could choose his future. Aside from being a teammate, he is also a great person who would do well at any club," Aquilani explained.
The striker has netted 13 times and managed five assists in 31 Serie A starts in the recently concluded season. Should Arsene Wenger fail to land Jovetic in the summer, the Frenchman can then turn his attention to sign Swansea City striker Michu, who has also been a transfer target for the north London club.