Stevan Jovetic - Is a late switch beckoning?

With Fiorentina looking for a striker could Stevan be on his way out to join Chelsea or even Manchester City despite what the club state publicly?

A few days ago Fiorentina made it very clear that Montenegrin star Stevan Jovetic was not for sale. The 22 year old attacker has been the subject of reported enquiries and intrigue from some of Europe’s biggest and best clubs. Juventus have long been the favourites for his signing after Fiorentina struggled last season, finishing in 13th place meaning the star would not play any form of European football this season.

Meanwhile interest also grew from England with Chelsea and Manchester City becoming increasingly interested in the man they call Brian, due to his resemblance to Queen guitarist and physics enthusiast Brian May.

But Stevan’s club have announced he was not for sale unless a suitable replacement could be bought in beforehand. They had already signed Mounir El Hamdaoui from Ajax this summer but that was not deemed enough in terms of attacking options with only Swiss youngster Haris Seferovic and Serbian Adem Ljalic also on the books.

But with one player leaving Manchester for Florence could that spell a direct switch from city to city for Stevan Jovetic?

As Dimitar Berbatov looks certain to leave Manchester United amid reports of a deal being struck with the Serie A side; Fiorentina may consider cashing in on the creative striker who has an exit fee of €30 million in his recently signed contract. Fiorentina have already paid for the Bulgarian’s arrival with the apparent sale of Serbian Matija Nastasic, also to Manchester City. A good friend of Stevan’s in Italy he could also help in luring him to Eastlands.

The most inviting factor to Stevan’s play is his versatility across the front line. He can play off the striker, which is his favoured and best position whilst he is also adept out on the wing, an area Man City are lacking since the sale of Adam Johnson. Whislt his most prolific attributes are his dribbling skills, creativity and technical ability he can also play as the lone striker if need be. Strong for his age and good in the air Stevan would be a great addition to Man City’s burgeoning squad.

However the Old Lady of Turin will almost certainly be more excited when hearing of Berba’s Florence arrival as Juventus have been long time admirers of the 6ft frontman. After missing out on several targets this season Juventus still have a place for a striker in their team as they attempt to go far in continental and domestic competition this year as the reigning Italian champions.

Juventus may not have the financial clout of their English rivals but do have many assets that could interest Fiorentina with Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri and Vincenzo Iaquinta potential makeweights; whilst the lure of playing with his national hero and international team-mate Mirko Vucinic would also appeal to the Montenegro starlet. 

The further complication in this scenario is Juventus' late interest in Dimitar Berbatov, which would make a sale of Jovetic unlikely, either to the Old Lady or to the Premier League. However the Bulgarian may prefer a move to Fiorentina, where his game time would be less limited. He doesn't want to switch from one bench to another from Manchester to Turin. There is even talk of a late switch to Fulham.

If Berbatov does snub Fiorentina, it doesn't change the fact that the Viola are after a striker. They may turn to other options, and when one is brought in, it may smooth the path to let their star man depart.

Stevan Jovetic is highly talented of that there is no doubt and would be a welcome addition to any of the world’s best teams. Over the course of his career he has gained numerous comparisons to Roberto Baggio and despite the interest from Manchester City and Chelsea he may bear one more comparison with the Italian legend very soon, should he go onto swap Fiorentina for Juventus.

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