Backpage Roundup: Viola Stay Firm over Jovetic Transfer, Higuain Emerges As New Arsenal Target, Gunners Readying Bid for Wanyama, Sanogo Loan and More

Viola Stay Firm over Jovetic Transfer
Fiorentina general manager Sandro Mencucci has made it clear to Arsenal and Juventus that they won’t accept anything less than €30 million (£25.7m) for their prized striker Stevan Jovetic.
Both the Gunners and the Old Lady are long-term admirers of the Montenegrin star but may have to look elsewhere as the Viola are unwilling to lower their price even a little bit.
To test their uncompromising stance on the subject, a reporter recently asked Menucci if he would accept a bid of €29.99 million, to which he simply replied: “No.”
As a result of the high quoted price, it seems that Juve are ready to abandon their chase of Jovetic. Their GM Beppe Marotta told Sky Sports: Jovetic is on the market then it means that they want to sell him, but €30m? Everyone has the right to make up their own figures, but we have our limits.”
Gunners Chasing £10 Million-Rated Wanyama
Arsenal FC are readying a £10 million bid for Glasgow Celtic’s midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama, according to The Sun.
Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the 21-year-old Kenyan, and he has decided to bring the youngster to Emirates Stadium this summer. However, the Gunners would have to fend off competition from Inter Milan in order to sign him.
Manchester United, Newcastle United and Southampton were also believed to be interested in Wanyama, but Arsenal are currently in the pole position.
Wanyama’s potential signing has also been backed by Aaron Ramsey, who believes that his club should do all he can to secure the African hotshot’s services.
During a recent, commercial tour of Kenya, Ramsey told the press: “Of course, I don’t have a say on who joins us at the Emirates but if at all Arsenal get to sign Victor Wanyama, I will be the first to welcome him. I have watched him play for Celtic, I watched him score against Barcelona and I think he is a great player. Whether he will join us is for other people to decide.
“He name has been all over the British press. He is one player I have read many clubs in England are chasing and I have no doubt he has great talent if top clubs in England are interested in him. For a Kenyan to win the Young Player of the Year award in Scotland, it means a lot. It shows that there is great football potential in this country. Before I saw him play, all I knew of Kenya was its wildlife, athletics and the Rugby Sevens squad!
Outbound Real Madrid Star Linked With Arsenal Move
Arsenal are ready to pounce for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain after he publicly announced his desire to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
After Los Merengues 4-2 win over Osasuna on the final day of the 2012/13 Primera Division season, the 25-year-old Argentine said: “I am leaving Real Madrid, the decision has been made, I feel the time is right and I want a change of scenery. I have not decided where I will go, but the club already know that I want to go. It was my decision.
“I feel that this is the end of my cycle here. I came here for £10 million and I am leaving for more. I want to go where I can prove myself really. I have several offers. I hope that Madrid do the best for me and for themselves.”
The Gunners’ chase of Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic has come to a standstill, and it seems they will now turn their attention to Higuain, who could be a cheaper alternative to the Montenegrin forward.
However, their transfer market nemesis Juventus would once again rival them for Higuain’s signature.
Sanogo Unlikely to Go On Loan
Arsene Wenger intends to integrate Yaya Sanogo into Arsenal’s first-team straightaway, and so he is unlikely to be loaned back to Auxerre next season, the French club’s chairman Guy Cotret has revealed.
It was originally thought that the 20-year-old striker is being brought to Emirates Stadium as a long-term project who wouldn’t feature much in the Gunners’ senior side next term. But Cotret’s comments suggest that Arsene Wenger believes Sanogo might be able to make meaningful contribution to his first-team squad immediately.
In an interview with a French radio, Cotret said: “He will only loan him back to us if he considers the player is not ready to join his team after the preseason preparations. Otherwise he will not loan him.
Henry Urges Gunners to Aim Higher
Thierry Henry has urged his former club Arsenal to be more ambitious with their targets and not simply be content with maintaining their Champions League status year in, year out.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the Gunners legend said: “Putting Tottenham out of the top four, and I really do hope that’s what they were celebrating about, that’s the only thing you can celebrate. If you’re an Arsenal man through and through that’s like winning something.
“I said it when we did to them in 2006. It wasn’t the fact that we qualified for the Champions League, it was because we kicked them out of it and we went in. Yes, they finished in the top four but there is only one champion – Man United. I’m a competitor so that’s the only thing I will remember from the season – Man United won the league. You’re going to have to do better than what United did this year.”

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