Fiorentina CEO Mencucci: Several sides chasing Jovetic

The Viola supremo still believes that Juventus are keen on the Montenegro international - even after the arrival of Carlos Tevez in Turin - while Arsenal have been heavily linked
There are "several teams" interested in signing Arsenal target Stevan Jovetic, according to Fiorentina CEO Sandro Mencucci.

The Montenegro international revealed earlier this month that he would like to leave the Viola, explaining that he desired "stimulation elsewhere".

It has been suggested that Juventus, who have reportedly been leading the chase for his signature, might drop their interest following the signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, but Mencucci does not see it that way.

"It doesn't seem so to me," he told reporters on Friday. "Anyway, there are several teams interested in Jovetic.

"Having said that, I am one of those that would want him to remain in Florence, even though I realise that after what he told the press, that's become more difficult."

Meanwhile, Mencucci dismissed reports that Fiorentina's mooted move for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez hinges on what happens with Jovetic.

"There are no negotiations related to each other, even if it is normal that sometimes when you move valuable players, it can create a domino effect," he added. "But this applies not only to us, but for all clubs."

Jovetic joined the Viola from Partizan Belgrade in 2008 and has established himself as one of the most exciting young forwards in Serie A over the past five years.