Bayern Munich have confirmed the sale of German striker Mario Gomez to Fiorentina for a fee of 13.7 million pounds. The forward, who scored 113 goals in 174 appearances for Bayern, found himself sidelined at the German club after the arrival of Mario Mandzukic last season, and wished to leave for Fiorentina, Bayernâ€™s chairman confirmed.
Interestingly, this move potentially opens the door for the exit of Stevan Jovetic from the club to Arsenal, who have been chasing him for a while now. As the Gunnersâ€™ pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain grows more protracted with each passing day, the arrival of Gomez might be the definitive cue for Arsenal to lodge an appropriate bid for Jovetic. The Montenegrin, who has also been linked to Juventus and Chelsea, might find himself relegated down the pecking order next season in favour of the more experienced Gomez as Fiorentina push for a Champions League spot, and might thus want out.
With new manager Pep Guardiola demanding more from the central striker, expecting him to lead the line, pressing and tiring defenders, Gomezâ€™s departure was foreseeable. However, his arrival at Fiorentina might be just what Arsenal have been waiting for in the pursuit of talented young striker Jovetic. And with Higuainâ€™s arrival delayed, will the Gunners finally land themselves the Montenegrin striker?