Despite reports linking Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic with a move to the Etihad Stadium over recent days, Fiorentina have denied that City have agreed to buy the player. The Viola claim that while they will struggle to keep hold of Jovetic beyond the end of the current season, City have not reached a deal with the Serie A outfit.
It was only a couple of days ago that newspapers started to report that City had reached an agreement with Fiorentina that would see Jovetic transfer to the Etihad Stadium for around £12m at the end of the season. However, it now looks as though such reports were completely premature, with the Italian team’s sporting director stating that there has been no contact with City about the possible transfer.
Daniele Prade told La Nazione, “Jovetic’s buy-out clause? I want to close this issue once and for all. What we will do, will be done in a transparent way. A pre-arrangement with Manchester City? The Della Valle family [Fiorentina owners] has excellent relations with City but there is no preliminary contracts with anyone. Jo-Jo is our player and he will be at least until the end of the season. It will be very difficult to keep him at Fiorentina, he is a great player, who will eventually play for another club.”
Of course, the comments also don’t suggest that Jovetic’s future at Fiorentina is very secure. Bearing this in mind, it certainly looks likely that City could make a bid for the player at some point over the next few months. However, whether or not they’d be able to purchase the forward at a price as low as the reported £12m is another matter, with several other of the top clubs in Europe also thought to be in the hunt for his signature.