Updated: Tuesday, 17th September 2019 @ 4:52pm

Manchester City emerge as favourites to land Stevan Jovetic after seeing off late bid from rivals United

Manchester City emerge as favourites to land Stevan Jovetic after seeing off late bid from rivals United

By Neil Robertson

Manchester City appear to have won the battle with rivals United to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic after triggering a buyout clause in the Serbian’s contract.

Fiorentina’s asking price is said to be around £28million, and City are poised to see off United’s late bid and could make Jovetic their third major summer signing within the next 24 hours.

They have also beaten the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus to land Jovetic’s signature, after Juventus admitted that the striker’s price was too high.

It was reported in a number of national newspapers that City met with his representatives to discuss personal terms on Wednesday.

This news comes two days after City boss Manuel Pellegrini expressed his desire to bring in a new striker at his first press conference at the club.

He has since hinted a new face could arrive at the Citizens, and is quoted in the Daily Star saying: “We are trying to bring the best players into our squad.

“I am always open to young players, and to good players.

“I don’t know if anything will happen before we leave South Africa, but maybe the next day we will have fresh news.”

Recent comments from Juventus coach Antonio Conte have fuelled speculation that Jovetic will go to Eastlands.

Despite admitting defeat in the battle to buy Jovetic, Conte said yesterday: “Jovetic has a high price tag, but it's justified.

“He's a top player and he could be worth even more than 30 million euros in the future.”

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