Report: Juventus remain keen on Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic

Stevan Jovetic playing for Montenegro

The forward could leave the Etihad this summer after falling down the pecking order.

Italian champions Juventus remain keen on a deal for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Champions League finalists are set to lose Carlos Tevez as he seemingly has his heart set on a return to his homeland, with him holding talks with former club Boca Juniors, per ESPN.

Should Tevez leave, Juventus would be looking for someone to replace him in that vital number 10 role and have allegedly identified Jovetic as the man to do so. They have already signed highly-rated Argentinian youngster Paulo Dybala but reportedly want to keep on adding to their forward-line. 

According to Gazzetta, they chased the striker two summers ago before he decided to join City, where he has endured a difficult time courtesy of a number of injuries and a lack of game-time, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko preferred ahead of him, while January signing Wilfried Bony is now added competition.

Juventus now reportedly see the time as perfect to try to sign Jovetic then, although they are facing competition from Serie A rivals AC Milan, who are looking to revamp their squad this summer as well.

A perfect replacement?

Whether Jovetic would prove a suitable replacement for Tevez remains to be seen. The Argentine has arguably been one of the top players at Juve since his move from Manchester City, often proving their star performer over the last few seasons.

In contrast, Jovetic has failed to prove himself at the Etihad with Aguero the star man, and the likes of Dzeko impressing more than him, while he now also faces competition from January signing Bony.

A move to Juventus could then be ideal, with more game-time guaranteed and the potential for reinvention as, Tevez has done, a firm possibility.

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