Manchester City are preparing a bid to tempt Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic to the Premier League athat should seem them enter pole position in the race to sign the 23 year old.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on bring the Montenegrin star to England but are reluctant to meet the Serie A side”s £27million release clause and the player”s wage demands.
Jovetic drew interest from AC Milan and Juventus earlier in the transfer window but his £120,000 a week and personal terms demands put them off and it is thought that only City of the four English teams interested will cope with those figures.
The Viola”s shock signing of Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich for just £14million yesterday should signal the end of Jovetic”s time in Florence.
The player has made it known that he wants to leave the club he joined from Partizan Belgrade back in 2008 but is unwilling to compromise on his personal contract and with a lot of movement in the European transfer market centring around strikers this summer he is in a strong position to have his terms met.
City are also keen on Sevilla”s Alvaro Negredo but the Liga side”s president Jose Maria del Nido has said the club have yet to make a bid for him and City may see Jovetic as a better buy if online casino dgfev Sevilla won”t negotiate a lower price than the £25million they currently want for the 27 year old.
The capture of Jovetic would be a huge signal of intent from City that they are going to challenge Europe”s elite under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The Premier League runners up have already spent £45million on bringing Fernandinho and Jesus Navas to the Ethiad this summer and Pellegrini and technical director Txiki Begiristain are set to overhaul the first team squad in time for a dual assault on domestic and European fronts next season.
City have already released a number of players such as Kolo Toure and Roque santa Cruz and should they complete their transfer activity in the early part of the summer they will make Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott available at knock down prices to clear out some higher wage earners.
Pellegrini took training for the first time yesterday before the team embarks on a pre-season schedule which will take in South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany and Finland before the new season begins at home to Newcastle on August 17th.