TIDYING UP ALL THE LOOSE STORIES IN FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
FIORENTINA TELL JOVETIC: YOU CAN GO NEXT YEAR
Fiorentina managed to hang on to prize asset Stevan Jovetic despite strong interest from Manchester City in the final days of the transfer window.
But The Sweeper has learned that the Serie A club have come to an agreement with the striker that he can be sold next year.
Sources have said that senior Fiorentina officials feared a huge backlash from supporters if they sanctioned the sale of Jovetic last month.
City pursued the Montenegro international as part of a double swoop also including Serbian defender Matija Nastasic, who they secured on deadline day for £12 million.
The Premier League champions also indicated in discussions with Fiorentina that they were willing to meet their £24 million (€30m) valuation of Jovetic, only for the price tag to be increased to £28m (€35m) as the Italian club moved the goalposts.
"The fact that he has stayed is the most beautiful thing. He has remained and is also happy," Fiorentina general manager Sandro Mencucci said when the window shut. "Was he close to leaving? There were requests but it was very good of my president to convince him to stay."
It is understood that Jovetic agreed to remain in Florence for another season on the proviso that he can leave next year.
“Fiorentina have worked out a deal with him,” a well-placed source told Goal.com. “They said, ‘stay another year so we can plan for your departure at the end of the season’. They did the same thing with Luca Toni the year before he left.”
Coincidentally, Toni, 35, has returned to the club he left in 2007 after a goal-drenched two-year spell but he is behind star man Jovetic in the pecking order.
PARKER CHELSEA CONNECTIONS CONCERN AVB
Scott Parker could return to the Tottenham team at the end of the month as he prepares to return to training after undergoing surgery on his right Achilles.
Yet, as revealed by Goal.com last week, the midfielder cannot expect the same primacy that he enjoyed under Harry Redknapp despite the departure of Luka Modric and Spurs’ failure to push through the signing of Joao Moutinho in the final minutes of the transfer window.
Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be willing to listen to offers for Parker, not only because he turns 32 in October and is recovering from what is regarded in the game as a particularly troublesome injury but because of his connections to the senior players at Chelsea.
Villas-Boas famously took on the Stamford Bridge old guard and lost, paying with his job in February, and is aware that Parker has close links to the likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry from his 18 month-spell at Chelsea.
The new Spurs boss is keen to establish his authority at White Hart Lane and it is perhaps no coincidence that he is ready to dispense with Parker after off-loading another strong character, Rafael van der Vaart, on deadline day.