Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jovetic talks up BPL move; Oboabona joins Arsenal on trial

ACF Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic has talked up a potential summer move to the English Premier League.

ACF Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic has talked up a potential summer move to the English Premier League amid reported interested from Arsenal and Manchester City, ESPN FC understands.

Jovetic, 23, has been linked with an exit from the Stadio Artemio Franchi on numerous occasions over the past several months.

Serie A leaders Juventus have also been linked with Jovetic, with compatriot Mirko Vucinic having publicly urged the 23-year-old to join Juve earlier this month.

“We play close together in the national side and we often switch positions with each other. I’d like to do that at Juve as he is a fellow countryman and is a really strong player,” Vucinic told Tuttosport.

The Montenegrin duo started alongside each other in Hrabri sokoli’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Moldova at the Zimbru Stadium in Chișinău on Friday.

Montenegro recovered from a poor first half as well as the sending off of Milorad Pekovic 16 minutes after the restart to claim all three points and maintain their two-point lead atop Group H, with Vucinic netting the only goal in a 1-0 win for the away side.

The next challenge for Montenegro, Jovetic and Vucinic is England on Tuesday night, and the 23-year-old superstar is relishing the challenge.

“There is no pressure on me,” said Jovetic. “On the contrary, I love these big games and they motivate me all the more to do well. I don’t believe it will affect my game in a bad way at all.”

In addition, Jovetic admitted he is flattered by reports linking him with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.

“It sure is nice when you are interesting big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City,” Jovetic told the Daily Star. “It feels good because the English game currently has probably the strongest league in the world.

“I’m very comfortable in Italy but the Premier League is at the top of the football world – and perhaps the best. We will see what happens in the future.”

Jovetic has bagged 12 goals and four assists in 24 Serie A matches for Fiorentina this season.

Oboabona joins Arsenal on trial

Arsenal have offered to take Nigeria and Sunshine Stars F.C. centre-back Godfrey Oboabona on trial, Sky Sports reports.

Oboabona, 22, has been the subject of heavy interest from a bevy of European clubs following a series of fine performances at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

The 22-year-old is expected to leave Akure Township Stadium in the summer, and already has concrete offers from the top five leagues in the world.

However, Arsenal — his favorite club since childhood — would be his first-choice option, and understandably so.

“Arsenal are my favourite club from childhood. It is the club I want to play for,” said the Nigeria international.


Shawn Etemadi



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