Fiorentina forward Luca Toni has urged strike partner Stevan Jovetic not to join Arsenal at the end of the season and instead only make a move to a 'top club'.
The Montenegro international has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and earlier this week admitted that a possible switch to north London would be of interest.
However, Toni believes that Arsenal are on a par with Fiorentina and that Jovetic should be looking to move to a bigger club. The Italian even suggested that he would be better off moving to Manchester United, Chelsea or even Manchester City if he did make the move to the Premier League.
"I tell him to think carefully before leaving Florence, as there is an important project here," Toni told Sky Sports. "If he has to leave, then make it for a real top club. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United fit that bill, but Arsenal are not better than Fiorentina."
Fiorentina are currently fourth in the league but are 14 points behind runaway leaders Juventus and the best the club can hope for is to secure Champions League football for next season.
Arsenal are in a similar position in that they are a staggering 24 points behind Manchester United and chasing a top four finish. But they are far from certain to achieve that feat as they remain four points behind bitter rivals Tottenham who currently occupy fourth.
There is a belief that Arsenal will be on the lookout for a new striker in the summer as it is unlikely that Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chaamakh or Park Chu-Young will return from loan spells and challenge for a first team place.
Jovetic has long been linked with a move away from Fiorentina and has once again been in excellent form for the Italian side this season, scoring 12 goals in his 24 league appearances.
While many expect the 23-year-old to leave in the summer it seems Arsenal is fast becoming an unlikely destination with his international teammate Marko Vucinic suggesting he join him at Juventus rather than moving to the Emirates.
"I am not surprised Arsenal are interested in him because he is a top striker, but I have told him to stay in Italy," said Vucinic, as quoted in Football Italia. "Juventus are back competing in Europe and it would be an excellent move for him and us."