Manchester City are close to winning the race for Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic, according to reports.
The Times claims Manuel Pellegrini is set to beat off competition from Chelsea and Juventus, but will have to pay the £30million asking price to bring the 22-year-old to the Etihad Stadium.
Jovetic’s representatives held talks with Manchester City executives yesterday, according to reports, but personal terms are not expected to be an issue.
The price tag might be though, with Fiorentina unwilling to lower their valuation of the Montenegro international.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte certainly believes the player is worth the high valuation, admitting it’s justified and could be a sound investment for any club.
“Jovetic has a high price tag, but it’s justified. He’s a top player and he could be worth even more than €30 million in the future,” said Conte.
“He’s going to go to a club who have this kind of money, and that’s not in Italy. Other clubs in Europe are better off than us.”
Manchester City have space for an attacker, after Carlos Tevez followed Mario Balotelli out the exit door at the Etihad.
But, they aren’t the only Premier League club to have been linked, after Chelsea pursued the player last month.
The paper claims the Blues had ‘established the outline’ of a deal to bring the player to Stamford Bridge, but have since cooled their interest.
Jose Mourinho is still being linked with forwards though, with Christian Benteke one name in the Chelsea frame.