Premier League champions set to battle Arsenal for the player’s signature.
Manchester City are preparing a summer bid for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic according to talkSport.
The Montenegrin striker has been in fine form for his club this season scoring twelve goals in 24 appearances for the Serie A side.
Jovetic’s performances have been attracting the attention of a number of top European sides and reports in recent weeks have strongly linked the player with a move to Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is known to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer after seeing Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud endure disappointing debut seasons following their arrival last summer.
Neither player has managed to convincingly replace Dutch star Robin Van Persie and Wenger is keen to bring in a regular goal scorer to improve his side’s chances of securing a top four finish.
It has been suggested that Arsenal are willing to match Fiorentina’s £28 million valuation of the player but any potential move could now be scuppered by the emergence of Manchester City’s interest in the player.
City boss, Roberto Mancini, is keen to reshape his squad this summer after seeing his side lose significant ground to Manchester United in the race for the Champions League.
While Arsenal are ready to loosen the purse strings having paid off the debt they accumulated from building the Emirates Stadium, they remain unlikely to be able to match the financial package offered by billionaire-owned Manchester City.