Jose Mourinho was confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager yesterday and has been tipped for a successful return to Stamford Bridge. He’s keen to get his job started and has identified Fiorentina’s Jovetic as a target, according to the Metro.
The story is that Arsenal are unwilling to meet the £25 million asking price for the Montenegrin and Chelsea may use their rivals’ hesitation to their advantage. It wouldn’t be the first time we would have done this as we signed Juan Mata two summers ago when he seemed destined for a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Despite a needing improvement in a few key areas it has been often said that a new forward is a priority as question marks remain over Fernando Torres, who flattered to deceive last season when he netted 22 times but only 8 of those were in the Premier League and he played 64 matches – it simply isn’t good enough.
However, Jovetic hasn’t exactly been a prolific goal scorer in Serie A as he isn’t an out-and-out centre forward as such. We were linked with Edin Dzeko in the same report, so perhaps implying that Jovetic could be used to compliment a target man but I doubt it. If Dzeko isn’t good enough to start for Manchester City then why would we want him?
It’s likely that at least one new forward will arrive at the West London club this summer but they will have to decide what to do with both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, whilst Romelu Lukaku’s future will take a lot of mulling over as his next move could provide a crucial one for his career. I believe Ba deserves more than the six months he’s been given and he’d remain a decent backup. Lukaku will benefit from regular football as he already has done, so a better loan move may be best for him and Torres should be moved on.
Jovetic scored 13 goals during the 2012-13 season and made five assists. Dzeko scored 15 in 43 but made a lot of substitutes appearances for Manchester City over the course of the season.