Manchester City in 'pole position' for £25 million Arsenal target

Manchester City are now claimed to be leading the race for Stevan Jovetic.

Manchester City had seemed 48 hours ago very close to a move for Alvaro Negredo.

But Sevilla have since claimed City have made no bid, and there has been 'no communication' from the club over the in-demand striker.

And now the rumour mill is linking them with a new and old target.

A year ago City were strongly linked with Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, but since the turn of 2013 their interest appeared to have gone quiet.

Arsenal had apparently stolen in and were destined to sign the forward, only for once the transfer window opened, the Gunners appeared to have walked away to focus on Gonzalo Higuain.

But with that deal presently stalling, amid comments from Madrid president Florentino Perez, any hopes the Gunners had of re-focusing their attentions on Jovetic have been dealt a blow by City's apparent re-kindling of their interest.

The Sun is reporting that Manchester City are 'cranking up their interest' in the 23-year-old.

"It is City who are moving into pole position having sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus. plus they can cope with his basic wage demands of £120,000 a week.

"Jovetic has made it clear he wants to leave Florence."

In a further twist they add Liverpool are even interested, with money to burn from their failed attempt to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The paper claim a figure of £27 million would seal the deal and meet Fiorentina's demands - although £25 million is previously the figure the club are said to have been after.

Tevez joining Juventus was the key factor for Manchester City here, because if they are looking to sign a replacement, then Jovetic is the perfect choice.

His talent, potential, and ability to drop deep behind the striker make him a natural fit in the place of Tevez, and he would be a high quality addition by City. 

Fiorentina moved yesterday closer to signing his replacement, agreeing a fee for Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez.

The paper's report is by no means concrete, with no sources named or credited, and no bid has yet been confirmed.

But the development is certainly an exciting one for Manchester City, and compounds further annoyance for Arsenal fans who are just taking in the latest Higuain setback.

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