Liverpool are interested in acquiring the services of Manchester City outcast Stevan Jovetic this summer, but face fierce competition for the talented forward's signature from Serie 'A' rivals Juventus and Inter Milan.
According to Goal.com, Brendan Rodgers has identified the Montenegro international as a player capable of strengthen his attacking options at Anfield, with the Reds in desperate need of reinforcements to support injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge next season.
With Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert both struggling to rediscover their best form on Merseyside the Northern Irishman is expected to re-enter the transfer market when the window reopens, and Jovetic could be the man to bolster Liverpool's strike-force.
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It's not yet clear whether the Citizens would be willing to sell to a Premier League rival, but given that the 25-year-old has failed to make much of an impact during his time in England it's pretty pointless keeping him at the Etihad Stadium.
And, with Manuel Pellegrini in need of bringing in young English players to fulfil the homegrown quota next term, selling Jovetic might not be seen as such a bad thing as it will help get a costly foreigner off the wage bill and also free up more funds for prospective new recruits.
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Jovetic endured an injury-hit first season at Manchester City following his £22 million move from Fiorentina and hasn't exactly made much of a contribution in 2014/15 either, netting five goals in 17 top-flight appearances.
He's only started nine games in the Premier League, and could be forced to leave the club if he wants to secure more regular action - something that is likely to be afforded to him over at Anfield.
However, a return to Italy might also appeal to Jovetic in the summer, particularly the opportunity to link up with Roberto Mancini at the San Siro. The Inter head coach was responsible for getting the wheels in motion for the fleet-footed attacker's arrival in England in 2013 and he is keen to work with him in Milan.
Juventus tried to take the player on loan for the rest of the current campaign in January with a view to a permanent transfer, but their bid was upheld as Pellegrini felt Jovetic still had a part to play in City's defence of the domestic title.
As it turned out, his first-team role has been increasingly marginalised to the point that Jovetic has not actually featured since the 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on March 21, and now it looks increasingly likely he'll leave the club.
Liverpool fans: Do you think Stevan Jovetic would be an astute summer signing? How much would you be willing to pay to bring him to Anfield? Share your thoughts below…
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