Manchester City could use Inter Milan’s reported interest in Stevan Jovetic to secure a deal that would see former target Mateo Kovacic arrive at the club that previously missed out on signing the Dinamo Zagreb youngster.
Impressive in bursts for Croatia at the World Cup in Brazil, the 20-year-old has established himself as a mainstay of the Inter midfield, having made 32 appearances in Serie A last season.
Signed by the Nerazzurri back in January of 2013 as part of a deal worth €15 million, the playmaker was previously on Manchester City’s radar, with then-manager Roberto Mancini believed to be a keen admirer of his talents.
City ultimately loss out to Inter though after being outbid by the Italians according to the Zagreb club’s vice-president Zdravko Mamic, who revealed as much during an interview with Jutarnji List, translated by Sky Sports.
It seems the Premier League club thought they had a deal in the bag, having offered €11 million but that all changed when the 2010 Champions League winners got involved.
“... Inter called me four times...But I told them not to come and that we will not talk to them...They knew about City's offer, which was €11m. But they were very persistent,” Mamic explains.
A visit from Inter sporting director Marco Branca and president Massimo Moratti soon convinced those behind the scenes at the Zagreb club with Kovacic eventually sold for €13 million despite having previously not been for sale.
Manchester City could rekindle their interest in the player now though, with Inter reportedly set to pursue a deal for Jovetic, a player who previously impressed in Serie A with Fiorentina, scoring 27 league goals across his final two seasons with the club.
Injuries have so far curtailed his impact at the Etihad though and with the Milan club proving persistent in their pursuit of the 24-year-old, there is the potential for a deal that would see Kovacic move in the opposite direction as part of a player plus cash agreement.
The decision will ultimately rest with those behind the scenes at the Italian side and just how determined they are to sign the Montenegrin, as well as those at City and whether they feel Jovetic has a future.
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