Manchester City look to have got an early shot in at their cross town rivals by stealing a march on Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic after United attempted a late move for the striker.
New United manager David Moyes was rebuffed when he made a move to open negotiations with the players representative as City’s £28 million bid looks to have sealed the deal as Jovetic’s agent spent much of yesterday in talks with City’s technical director Txiki Begiristain.
The 2012 Premier League champions have offered the player £80,000 a week to join on a five year deal with Manuel Pellegrini keen to add another bow to his attacking line up as he looks to reclaim the title in his first year in charge.
Jovetic was keen to stay in Italy after long held interest from AC Milan and Juventus but not it looks like two former City players Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez respectively have filled his place in those squad meaning that only a move to England will guarantee the wages he feels he deserves.
A deal will not be struck until United confirm to Fiorentina that they are not interested in matching City’s price and Jovetic’s agent may yet hold talks with the club to see if they will offer him comparable conditions should he agree to the switch.
Pellegrini said in his first press conference as City boss yesterday that he would bring a more attacking and fluent style to the team than was present under Roberto Mancini and has already confirmed the signings of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas to bolster the midfield options.
The former Real Madrid and Malaga boss confirmed that he was on the lookout for another striker following the departure of Tevez but would not name who he had in mind saying, “I spoke with Carlos a few weeks ago and I felt that he didn’t want to stay here. He was very clear. It was the best choice for Carlos and for the club.
“We have two strikers at the moment and we need another but I won’t name names at the moment. We need two players in every position and we will try to do our best to get them. In the next week we will see the different situations of all the players. We will see what happens with all of them.
“I think we have a very good squad and some really very good players so we can try to reach important targets.”