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Jovetic to Manchester City - The rumour that won't go away

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Manchester City have been again linked with Stefan Jovetic. So how would he fit into their side?

It was reported yesterday by ESPN that Manchester City are still extremely keen of Fiorentina forward Stefan Jovetic.

The article claimed City prefer him to Falcao, because they see him as better value for money.

He'd certainly be cheaper, and at four years younger he can get even better than he is now, whereas there is a view that Falcao is beginning to peak.

He may be slightly less prolific, witness his 14 goals last season compared to Falcao's 36, but he has started this year in fine form, with 5 in 7 games.

Last season too was a comeback season for him, returning from an injury and redefining himself as a striker rather than a deeper playmaker as he had previously performed.

But what of these latest rumours linking him to City?

You would imagine the Viola do not want to let him go mid-season, but their lack of European football makes him an attractive prospect. Fiorentina finished just 13th last season, although this year have had a good start, sitting in fifth.

The problem for clubs like City, if they are seeking to add to their ranks mid-season, is that many of Europe's top talents will be cup-tied, from either playing in the Europa League or Champions League.

It makes Jovetic even more desirable, and a deal could be struck. But surely only if City were to move one of their big four strikers on.

And that is the part which remains unclear. The quartet of Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli prevented Mancini from adding to his collection with Van Persie in the summer, with the boss knowing he would have to sell to buy, from a management practicality point of view as much as a financial one.

Who will go remains unclear. Dzeko appeared lowest down the pecking order in the summer, but he has pledged his commitment to City, and been in excellent form early this season, just voted the club's Player of the Month for September.

Aguero and Tevez are seen as instrumental in their success, which leaves the enigmatic Mario Balotelli, whose early season form and attitude has been underwhelming so far this season.

Moving him on remains a possibility, and AC Milan would no doubt be interested, but unless he has a big incident which causes further breakdown with his manager - which with Balotelli is entirely possible, it may be a switch for next summer rather than January.

Jovetic's versatility would fit in well with City's attack, he is able to play as a main striker or in behind, similar to Carlos Tevez, and given his age he really would be an excellent choice of signing.

Chelsea may yet compete for his signature, if they are too are unsuccesful in pursuit of Falcao, and they would have no such problems with having to move on a striker to make way.

One card City hold, is John Guidetti, who could be sent on loan to Fiorentina, or even permanently, as a sweetener.

It's an intriguing deal for many reasons, and while the fact the rumour won't go away doesn't automatically mean there is something in it, it does remind supporters that it remains a possibility.

Should City sign Jovetic? Who should they move on to make way for him?

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