Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic will not be allowed to leave the club this summer, according to chairman Mario Cognigni.

The Montenegro international has been linked with both Manchester City and Arsenal recently, after dazzling in Serie A since joining the Florence-based side back in 2008.

His high level of performances, allied with the Viola’s inability to secure Champions League football, has led to rumours that the attacker may look to move on in the not too distant future, which has alerted the Premier League duo.

However, their hopes of tempting the skilful 23-year-old to switch to England at the end of the season have taken a blow, with Cognigni insisting that his star man will not be allowed to move on:

“It’s not possible that there will be any negotiations with Juventus for Stevan,” he is quoted by Sky Sports via La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In fact, it’s not possible to deal with them or anyone else: Jovetic is not for sale.

“He is happy at Fiorentina and has a contract with us for another three years.”

Should City and Chelsea elect to make a move anyway, they would likely face competition from Juventus.

The Turin club had an £11.2m bid for Jovetic rejected last summer, but are still thought to be interested.

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