Backpage Roundup: Viola Want Jovetic to Consider Staying, Sanogo Chooses Arsenal, Swans’ Williams Coy, Bendtner’s Injury and More

Viola Want Jovetic to Consider Staying

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle says that he would try and convince star striker Stevan Jovetic to cancel transfer plans and stay with them once he returns from international duty.

The 23-year-old Montenegrin has emerged as the top summer target for Premier League club Arsenal although it is believed that Juventus are the ones leading the chase for his signature at the moment.

With a summer move away from Fiorentina on the cards for the coveted forward, their chief is still hoping that he could keep hold of him.

Talking to the Italian press, Della Valle said: “I’m going to meet him when he comes back from the national team. He has a right to decide where he plays. I hope he can stay with us.”

 

Sanogo: ‘Arsenal Is My Choice’

Auxerre youngster Yaya Sanogo has confessed that a transfer to Arsenal FC is his preferred career move and is hoping that the Gunners could help him improve his game.

Arsene Wenger recently told the press that he is close to signing the 20-year-old Frenchman and now the player himself has echoed those claims.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Sanogo said: “Arsenal could be a great club for me. I scored nine goals this season with Auxerre and they think I can improve my level in England. I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of Abou Diaby who came through from Auxerre. There are many teams interested in me, but Arsenal is my choice.”

 

Swans’ Williams Refuses to Speculate on Club Future

Swansea City defender and rumoured Arsenal transfer target Ashley Williams has refused to speculate on his club future and belives that any interest in his services is just paper talk at this point.

The 28-year-old centre-half was one of Swansea’s best performers this season and played a major role in their Capital One Cup triumph too. As a result, he has been linked with summer moves to sides such as Arsenal and Liverpool, both of whom are reportedly in the market for defensive reinforcements.

When asked if there is any possibility of him leaving the Swans in the upcoming transfer window, Williams replied: “As far as I know. I don’t know anything about it, I just read it in the papers like everyone else.I play my football for Swansea City and now I’m just going away and looking forward to a holiday.

“I’ve said before, I’ll take it as a compliment, it means you’re doing your job well. I’ve done that this time, I haven’t looked too far into it The season’s been such that since the cup final we’ve had so much work to do that I haven’t really thought about it.

“If somebody comes in and the club want to do that you have to sit down with the chairman and talk about it. I can’t really think about that at the moment, I play for Swansea City and I would never be disrespectful to the club, the fans and my team-mates. That’s it really, I can’t say any more than that.”

 

Bendtner Devalues Himself Some More

Juventus’ on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been operated on for a wrist injury which he picked up last weekend on the final day of the Italian Serie A season.

The 25-year-old Dane has scored just eight goals in the past two years and none in his disappointing spell with the Old Lady. He missed a large chunk of the ongoing season due to a serious thigh injury and is now carrying another one, which further complicates the Gunners’ task of offloading him in the summer.

Bendtner’s personal life isn’t short of mishaps either. He is currently serving a three-year driving ban and six-month national team ban for his DUI offense back in March.

 

Wenger Hints At ‘Spending Spree’

Arsene Wenger wants to use Arsenal’s impressive end to the 2012/13 season as a springboard for future success and has hinted that he will spend money on some good, quality players in the summer.

The Daily Mail have quoted the Gunners boss as saying: “The last three months are a springboard for next season.We have to transfer that belief into the start of next season. We need stability and to strengthen. Is it spending a lot on one player or buying many players?

“We want additions but we want to keep the structure and spirit and quality of the team. Let’s not forget there are many clubs with big money and not enough talent to strengthen all the teams. But we will go out in a proactive way.”

 

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