Chelsea and Arsenal are worried about losing out on summer target Stevan Jovetic as Manchester City have been given first refusal on the Fiorentina forward.
According to the Mirror, Etihad Stadium officials are confident that the good working relationship built up with Serie A side previously will help them to secure a deal ahead of their rivals at Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on securing a new attacking signing this summer as part of a major shopping spree, with Jovetic said to be high on his list.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge of Chelsea is also reportedly to spark significant summer spend and the ex-Real Madrid boss was credited with an interest in the Montenegrin.
However, both the Blues and Gunners may miss out as the report claims Manchester City’s signing of Matija Nastasic last season could be the key to a deal.
It says that deal, which saw Stefan Savic move to Fiorentina as part of it, has led to a great relationship being struck up between the two clubs.
The Citizens are confident this will mean they have the upper hand over Arsenal and Chelsea when it comes to negotiations over the £25million-rated star.