FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Stevan Jovetic of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Parma FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 21, 2011 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Rumours are flying around the internet that Chelsea have had a bid rejected by Serie A side Fiorentina for the services of Stevan Jovetic. I'm not really sure just how accurate they are, but it's worth talking about just because it's such a good idea and there's been rumoured interest from the club for quite some time.
Jovetic, for those not in the know, is a Montenegrin forward (who can play left wing) who was widely regarded as one of the top young talents around before being badly injured at the beginning of last season. He didn't return until August, and since then he's been on absolute fire, scoring nine goals for a bad team. Steve will have a longer profile a little later on, so stay tuned for that.
Overall, Jovetic seems like a pretty good pickup - he'd allow the Blues to push Juan Mata inside to #10 where he probably belongs, he's not cup-tied at all and Chelsea wouldn't have to break the bank for him. The bid Fiorentina reportedly turned down was £14M, which is what Chelsea were trying to pay for Universidad de Chile's Eduardo Vargas, a similarly talented (but less proven) young left winger, but the reports have the Italians willing to sell at a price of £20M.
With Jovetic under contract until 2016, Fiorentina are hardly going to be forced into anything they don't want to do, which means that Chelsea would probably have to come up to £18 or £19M with add-ons to get anything done. But, this is a plausible enough rumour that would add some real flexibility to the attack, so if it's legitimate... well, let's say my interest is piqued.
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