If the Della Valle family decide to withdraw from the club, the Montenegrin star could be sold on, with Chelsea favoured over Napoli as a potential buyer
By Fabrizio Ponciroli
Fiorentina’s crown jewel, Stevan Jovetic, could be sold by the Tuscan club if an “irresistible offer” is made by one of the host of suitors currently weighing up a move for the Montenegrin attacker, with the future of the Italian club's owners key to a transfer, Goal.com has learned.
The 22-year-old signed a new five-year deal on October 31, contracting him to the Viola until the summer of 2016, but Chelsea and Napoli are among the clubs thought to be circling. And after the admission of club manager Vincenzo Guerini that “the word ‘unsellable’ no longer exists” comes a signal that the future of the Della Valle family will play a huge role in Fiorentina’s decision as to whether or not to sell their star man.
Recent unrest at the Artemio Franchi has resulted in brothers Andrea and Diego Della Valle inviting potential new investors to take on the club, with a backward step into an advisory role for the siblings a possibility. The difficulties between the Della Valles and the club’s fans have been elevated to such a level that there was a stand-off outside the ground after the home defeat to Lecce last month.
Andrea Della Valle admitted tension remained afterwards. “It is obvious something is wrong, and there are situations which need to be resolved quickly,” he told the press.
But since then Alberto Gilardino and Santiago Silva have both been sold, with only Amauri added by way of replacement. This has further weakened the relationship between the club and it's fans, and the fallout is such that the owners are now more keen than ever to let the club go.
However, a change of ownership is likely to precipitate a potential sale of Jovetic, Goal.com is told, backing up Guerini's warning that: “If an irresistible offer arrives, and it is possible that it could arrive, then we will consider it.” It is believed that a bid for as little as €30 million could be accepted, though the club are unlikely to look to sell to an Italian rival.
A source close to the club told Goal.com: "The Della Valles are tired and are thinking of what to do. And €30m is an important figure for anybody."Jovetic signed for Fiorentina in 2008 from Partizan Belgrade, quickly becoming the club’s stand-out player. And despite missing the entirety of the 2010-11 season with a knee-ligament injury, he has returned to form this term, scoring 12 goals in 16 league games to again thrust his name into the spotlight.