Should Manchester City plan a part exchange for Jovetic?

Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has indicated he would be interested in a move to Fiorentina.

That opens up the chances of a part exchange deal for Stefan Jovetic, a player who has been heavily tipped with a summer move to City's Premier League rivals Arsenal.

If City have already started the process of a deal which could see Pantilimon heading to the Serie A giants then it makes sense to try and get Jovetic coming the other way, if City’s interest in him is real.

That would be a hammer blow to Arsenal who seem to have invested a lot of time and effort into engineering themselves into a position where they can pull off a summer deal for Jovetic quickly when the transfer window opens.

The advantage City have in the issue is the fact they have a player who Fiorentina appear to want and the goalkeeper is hardly going to object to the move considering his current status at the Etihad Stadium.

Pantilimon has been forced to play second fiddle for most of the season to England number one Joe Hart, with Roberto Mancini dropping Pantilimon for the FA Cup final which appears to have been the final straw.

The move to Italy offers him the chance to go and play for a side where he could realistically become the number one very quickly.

City have been a striker short ever since Mario Balotelli left the club last January, which means they do need to bring in a fourth striker to provide competition and relief to the rest of the forwards.

Jovetic could more than likely be persuaded to snub any proposed Arsenal move to sign for City because, regardless of who they appoint as their next coach, they offer the more immediate chance of success.

City offer a guaranteed crack at the Premier League title and they have automatically been entered into the group stage of the Champions League.

Arsenal’s best hope of signing Jovetic would have been if they’d had no competition from any of their English rivals who are in a better situation than the Gunners.

However, what does work in Arsenal’s favour is the fact that Roberto Mancini has just been sacked. Jovetic seems to be a Mancini target, as the initial reports of interest from City came when he was in charge.

There is also the chance now that he’s been sacked, Pantilimon may be less willing to move away from the former Premier League champions because he may not be treated so harshly by the next City boss.

It’s a deal which is there if the new City manager wants to take it and all Arsenal can do is hope Manuel Pellegrini has no interest in Jovetic whatsoever.

Where do you think the Montenegrin striker will end up?

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