Stevan Jovetic has opened doors for a big money move to the Premier League in the summer, by stating he is delighted at being linked with clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City.
Both clubs have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, with Arsene Wenger understood to be ready to smash his transfer record fee to land his man. Jovetic is currently training with the Montenegro national team and will take the field against England on Tuesday in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup at the Podgorica Stadium.
"It sure is nice when you are interesting big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City. It feels good because the English game currently has probably the strongest league in the world. I'm very comfortable in Italy but the Premier League is at the top of the football world - and perhaps the best. We will see what happens in the future," he told the Daily Star.
Jovetic is seen as a priority summer signing for Wenger, who has earmarked the player as a direct replacement for Robin Van Persie, who left the club for rivals Manchester United last summer. Roberto Mancini is not expected to give up without a fight either, with the Italian looking for a replacement to Mario Balotelli, who moved to AC Milan in January. Also, Carlos Tevez has refused to extend his contract with the champions, leaving Mancini with a few slots to fill in attack.
Jovetic has been in prolific form this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting four in 24 starts in the Serie A this season. However, his move to the Premier League could be hampered by the intrusion of Inter Milan and AC Milan, who are both interested in keeping the player in Italy, according to the Daily Mirror. The Montenegrin is reported to be available for a fee in the range of £15m-£20m but price may escalate, if the player is subjected to a bidding war.
Meanwhile, Jovetic is revelling at the prospect of facing England at home and has branded the game as the most important in their history.
"Perhaps this is the most important game of our history because to enter a World Cup finals is the dream for the country. If we analyse the statistics, England will have to play below their best and we must give 200 per cent. But we believe we can do it and win the game. The atmosphere in the stadium will be incredible. Our fans have been dreaming for many months about this match and they will support us on the pitch," the forward said.