Serie A side standing firm on asking price for striker.
Manchester City will have to stump up £30 million if they hope to complete a deal for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic according to The Times.
The Montenegrin forward has been closely linked with the Citizens in recent days and are thought to be favourites, ahead of Chelsea, to land his signature.
Jovetic was linked with Arsenal and Juventus earlier in the summer but they moved for Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez respectively after being priced out by Fiorentina.
The Serie A side are refusing to budge in what they will accept for the forward but that is thought unlikely to deter wealthy City.
New boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to bring in attacking reinforcements, especially after the departure of Tevez, and has made it one of his top summer priorities. He is thought to be keen to get someone in before the club’s pre-season matches start and has identified Jovetic as the man to fire them to glory.
Juventus manager Antonio Conte, far from expressing his frustration at Fiorentina’s high valuation of Jovetic, insisted the price tag was justified. Conte suggested that Jovetic was likely to be worth far even more in the future and so represented good value for money even at £30 million.