Arsenal are reportedly ready to join Chelsea in the race to sign Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic this summer.
Reports last month had suggested Chelsea were preparing to launch a £20million bid for Jovetic as they look to bolster their attacking options for next season.
Napoli are also keen on the 22-year-old, who has previously been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United, in addition to the Gunners.
And with Robin van Persie dropping a bombshell on Arsenal last week by revealing he has no plans to sign a new contract, according to the Sunday Express, manager Arsene Wenger has made Jovetic his top target to replace the unsettled Dutchman.
Fiorentina recently moved to try and end speculation regarding Jovetic's future by insisting they had no plans to sell their prize asset during the summer transfer window.
But La Gazetta dello Sport have reported that Premier League clubs could sign the Montenegro international should they table a bid of £25m, and claimed Fiorentina's recent statement, in which the club said "patron Andrea Della Valle insists that the player is not on the market," was designed to prompt Chelsea into increasing their offer.
Jovetic is understood to have a buy-out clause in his contract with the Serie A club set at around £25m.
The player only recently signed a new five-year deal with Fiorentina, but reports in Italy earlier this year claimed the new long-term contract was only agreed so the club could obtain a higher transfer fee.
Jovetic had earlier this year been quoted as saying he had "been looking out for a chance to play in the Premier League."