Italian press ignore agents denials for Manchester City star - Shock swap suggested

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Per the Italian press, Manchester City could exchange Stevan Jovetic for Samir Handanovic in January.

The Montenegrin striker has struggled since making the switch from Fiorentina over the summer, a mixture of the need to acclimate to England and niggling injuries having hampered his progress.

He’s played just 87 minutes of Premier League football in three total appearances to date, not having shown for the Citizens in the top flight since October 19.

Agent Fali Ramadani was adamant on Thursday that his client wouldn’t be on the move in spite of reports linking him with a quick return to Serie A, claiming his issues at the Etihad have been solely fitness related.

"The only problems he has had are the physical ones," the representative said to Calciomercato.

"Now he has fully recovered from his injury and will return next week to train with the team.

"Even with coach Pellegrini, everything is okay, there is no problem.

"If there should be problems when he is in shape, we'll see what to do. But right now there is absolutely nothing."

"Nobody called me also because everyone knows that it is unimaginable that a player who arrived a few months ago can already move."

However, Tuttosport have now paired Jovetic with a move to Inter in the new year, with new Nerazzurri owner Erick Thohir keen to make a splash in the market and provide coach Walter Mazzarri with a striker, as requested.

The Italian paper have maintained that City could be tempted into a deal with the inclusion of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, as Joe Hart has endured a torrid campaign between the sticks and to see playing time usurped by Costel Pantilimon.

Inter’s number one would be of particular interest to Manuel Pellegrini’s side as he’s not cup-tied with the San Siro giants out of Europe this term and has reportedly been sought after by the likes of Barcelona during his tenure with the Milanese outfit.

As Radamani pointed out, Jovetic departing his new employers after such a short stint, especially considering he cost City £22 million, would be quite a sensational move.

Yet with a wealth of attacking talent at the Etihad led by Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo and questions persisting surrounding Hart’s viability in goal going forward, the situation remains open.

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