Will Manchester City replace Tevez with Stevan Jovetic?

Jovetic Fiorentina

Stevan Jovetic had been tipped for Arsenal, but is Manchester City now more likely?

Stevan Jovetic has long been tipped as a Manchester City player, and the last time the club did business with Fiorentina it could not have worked out any better.

They exchanged underperforming Stevan Savic and £12 million for the services of youngster Matija Nastasic, who was a breakout star of the Premier League in 2012/13, displacing Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure in the pecking order.

It has been reported in Italy that City are set to sell Carlos Tevez to Juventus for £10 million, and it would not be a surprise at all to see City seek to replace him with Jovetic.

There are few players of Tevez' quality with the ability to play as both a striker and behind the frontman and influence games at the top level of European football. Jovetic stands out as a natural replacement, younger and more hassle free.

Jovetic has been tipped for Arsenal, who appear to be focusing all their efforts on Gonzalo Higuain instead, backing off Fiorentina's £25 million price tag for the Montenegro man.

Juventus have also been focusing on Jovetic, but their move for Tevez confirms that reports stating they lacked the finances to pull off a move for him appear to be true, with Fiorentina demanding cash only rather than players in part-exchange as the Bianconeri had hoped to propose.

Chelsea have also been linked but the Blues are more in need of an out and out forward, an Edinson Cavani type - a striker also courted by City.

There is of course the possibility City are selling Tevez as part of plans to raise transfer funds to finance a move for Cavani, or even Lewandowski.

But if they want a more natural replacement for Tevez in terms of what he can bring to the squad, Jovetic may just be one of the most logical and available options if they are prepared to meet Fiorentina's asking price.

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