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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Juventus eyeing Jovetic

ESPN staff

Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed the club's interest in Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic.

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Jovetic, 22, has been linked with a move away from Fiorentina this summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal both said to be interested parties.

But the Montenegro international's current contract with the Viola expires in 2016, and the club have stressed their intention to retain his services.

Marotta, however, said: "We like Jovetic. But he's a Fiorentina player and they have the right to keep him.

"But he is the profile of player we are looking for. He's an interesting young player with real value and technical qualities that would be good for us. But I can't say more.

"We know where we are and what we must do. It's impossible thinking about negotiating with players who cannot be transferred."

Fiorentina sports director Daniele Prade later indicated that an offer of €30 million would secure Jovetic's services.

"I spoke with the owners and they told me that the player is not on the market," Prade told Sky Sports Italia.

"But there is a gentlemen's agreement and if someone makes an offer for him close to €30million (23.5m), without some players in exchange, we can sit at a table and discuss. But we want to keep Jovetic."




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