Manchester City will make Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic their fourth high-profile signing of the summer in a £22m deal, subject to a medical on Friday.
City moved quickly to finalise the deal for the Montenegro international as new manager Manuel Pellegrini continues to reshape his squad for the new season.
Jovetic, 23, had attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
City will also announce the signing of Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo after he passed a medical on Thursday.
• Stevan Jovetic
- Born: Titograd, 2 November, 1989
- Nickname: The Montenegrin Messi
- Clubs: Mladost Podgorica, Partizan Belgrade, Fiorentina
- International: Montenegro – 27 caps, 10 goals
With the arrival of Jovetic and 27-year-old Negredo, who scored 26 La Liga goals last season, City will take their spending since the arrival of Pellegrini to almost £90m following the arrival of £14.9m Jesus Navas from Sevilla and Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30m.
Jovetic scored 13 goals in 31 games for Fiorentina last season, and will help Pellegrini fill the void left by the departure of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.
City manager Pellegrini has left the club’s pre-season training camp in South Africa to return home to Chile to deal with a personal matter although he could rejoin the squad in Hong Kong early next week.
Assistant manager Brian Kidd, who had a brief spell in charge after Roberto Mancini’s sacking at the end of last season, took charge of City’s 2-1 friendly defeat to AmaZulu in Durban.
Kidd said: “Manuel’s had to go back to Chile for personal reasons. Hopefully he will be in Hong Kong on Tuesday, but we are not quite sure at the moment.
“You want the boss here for obvious reasons, the team were well prepared by him for this game. It’s been a good work out in South Africa with two tough games.”
- Fiorentina confirm they have agreed a deal with Manchester City for Stevan Jovetic (mirror.co.uk)
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- Manchester City answer call for more fire power with £48m splurge for Jovetic and Negredo (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- Jovetic looks City-bound (standard.co.uk)
- Manchester City: City told to move fast for Jovetic (clubcall.com)
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