Manchester City have reportedly informed Inter Milan that they will only let striker Stevan Jovetic leave if the Serie A outfit sign him on a permanent deal.
According to TuttoSport, the Premier League champions have no interest in loaning out the forward when the summer transfer window opens, and will instead hold out for a suitor willing to meet their valuation and buy him outright.
The Montenegro international started the season in good form, having seemingly overcome the injury problems which blighted his first campaign in English football, but he has fallen down the pecking order since the turn of the year. His misery was compounded in February when manager Manuel Pellegrini dropped him from the Champions League squad in favour of new arrival Wilfried Bony.
Jovetic, who joined City from Fiorentina at the start of the 2013-14 season in a £22million deal, still has three years remaining on his lucrative contract at the Etihad Stadium but is said to be open to the idea of returning to Italy.
The 25-year-old has failed to find the net for the Blues since New Year’s Day, when he helped City to a 3-2 victory over Sunderland.