Manchester City Reportedly in Talks to Buy Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina
Manchester City is wasting no time looking at options to bolster the squad with more attacking talent after star striker Sergio Aguero was tackled hard on Sunday against Southampton and had to be stretchered off the pitch.
UPDATE: Monday, August 20 at 9:13 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
It appears that City is preparing to take some forwards off the wage bill if the club brings Jovetic to Manchester, according to Wayne Veysey of Goal.com:
Dzeko is a good young forward who has scored some clutch goals for City during his brief tenure at the club. It's a bit too early to give up on him, but it would be foolish to have way too many expensive forwards riding the bench.
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City have indicated to the Serie A club they are willing to meet their £23.6million (€30m) valuation of the 22-year-old forward.
Sources have told Goal.com that negotiations between the clubs are progressing well and City are increasingly confident of capturing Jovetic before the end of the window.
It's an interesting move by City, considering the wealth of talent currently in the squad. Veysey explains this further.
But manager Roberto Mancini has made it clear to the City hierarchy that the club require another forward, even though they already have Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dezko, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and John Guidetti on their books.
As for Aguero, he tweeted some good news on Sunday, but the full extent of his injury is not yet known.
The studies I had done revealed there's no significant injury but it was a very tough hit to my knee.— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 19, 2012
Jovetic is a fine player and someone with enough experience and physical strength to succeed in the Premier League. If the transfer is finalized, the £23.6 million purchase would be City's largest of the summer transfer window.
Is Jovetic worth £23.6million?
Mancini would be wise to invest that kind of money in a defender, especially after watching some of the poor defending by his players during the Southampton match.
From Jovetic's point of view, it's difficult to see him playing much for City if he arrives. Even if Aguero is going to be out a long time, there will still be plenty of forwards that will probably be ahead of him on the depth chart. He won't get the same time on the pitch in Manchester that he would in Fiorentina.
However, the opportunity to play in the Champions League with City could be a major reason for Jovetic to consider joining the defending champions.
He hasn't played in the Champions League since the 2009-10 season, and Fiorentina have not qualified for the competition since that season. Fiorentina finished 14th in Serie A last year.
At 22 years old, the chance to move to a major European club could be too good of an opportunity for Jovetic to pass up, and who can blame him?
Both sides have good reasons to complete this transfer.
Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.
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