Man City reject Juventus, AC Milan & Inter approaches for Jovetic
By Paul Clennam & Fabrizio Romano
Manchester City have rejected approaches from Juventus, AC Milan and Inter for injury-hit striker Stevan Jovetic.
The Montenegro international left Fiorentina in a deal initially worth £23.3 million (€27.6m) in July but has started just one Premier League match for Manuel Pellegrini's side, having struggled with hamstring and calf problems.
He had previously revealed that he rejected the chance to join Juve over the summer and, with the Old Lady and a number of other Serie A clubs unable to match Fiorentina's valuation just months ago, they have now re-entered the fray hopeful of a loan deal.
City, however, are not interested. Jovetic is fit, has been training during the last week, and is nearly ready for the busy Christmas period after being out of action since the Capital One Cup clash with Newcastle in October.
Although his fledgling City career has been disrupted by injury, coaches at Carrington believe that the 24-year-old is a good professional capable of making a recovery and becoming, essentially, a new signing in the New Year.
Indeed, he has impressed on the pitch despite limited opportunities, having scored twice in just his second start for the club in a 5-0 Capital One Cup mauling of Wigan back in September.
Jovetic, who speaks perfect English, is settled in Manchester and has been made to feel especially welcome by Serbs Matija Nastasic and Alexandar Kolarov, as well as Bosnian Edin Dzeko.
Inter, pushing for a Champions League spot under the new ownership of Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, held discussions with City at the beginning of December regarding their chances of landing Jovetic and Dzeko.
As revealed by Goal on Friday, though, the Bosnia striker is keen to wait until the end of the season, when he will have just one year left on his contract, before weighing up his options.
Tottenham are also interested but City will not entertain a loan deal for a man who has scored seven goals in 11 starts this season.
THE VIEW FROM ITALY
Last summer Juventus were extremely interested in Jovetic but the Bianconeri weren't able to reach an agreement with Fiorentina over the transfer fee - and that was the case for AC Milan, as well.
Juventus also chased Dzeko for many years until 2011, when he chose Manchester City and become unobtainable.
It seems as though Inter have the most pressing need for either Jovetic or Dzeko. With 34-year-old Diego Milito injured and Mauro Icardi and Ishak Belfodil both discarded by Walter Mazzarri, the only available striker is Rodrigo Palacio. The attack must be reinforced during the January transfer window, and Dzeko sounds like a more likely option.