Arsenal have not made contact with Fiorentina regarding a move for Stevan Jovetic, according to the Serie A's sporting director Daniele Prade.
The 23-year-old striker is a long-term target of Arsene Wenger’s and the Gunners had opened preliminary negotiations a number of weeks ago before intensified their interest recently.
However, Prade has now claimed that Arsenal and Fiorentina are not discussing a possible 23 million euro move for Jovetic.
"With Arsenal we have not had any contact, it's a route that does not exist," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "The situation for the player will be resolved directly by the president Andrea Della Valle and we will see what happens.
"We would be happy for him to remain in Florence."
Meanwhile, Fiorentina’s league rival Juventus has confirmed interest in Jovetic but Prade has again insisted there have been no further developments.
He added: "I have not been authorized to speak to Juventus. If the club owners do not authorize me to do so, then I will continue along this path."