Manchester City and Manchester United battle for £27m Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic

Posted by - July 11, 2013 - Italy, Manchester City, Manchester United, Transfer News and Gossip

Manchester United could be set to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

Reports in both The Mirror and The Sun suggest that City boss Manuel Pelligrini is in the box seat and that the Etihad remains the Montenegro international’s most likely destination.

But both newspapers also agree that Manchester United manager David Moyes has upped his interest significantly in the last couple of days after resigning himself to the fact that he won’t be able to bring top target Robert Lewandowski to Old Trafford.

Both clubs are prepared to pay the 23-year-old’s £27m release clause and match his £120,000-a-week wage demands.

It’s now down to the player, whose agent Fali Ramadani has been in London this week to have talks with potential buyers, to decide where he wants to go.

United will back their stature to attract Jovetic, while City will hope their sustained interest will stand them in good stead.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus have also been in contention, but it now looks like being between the two Manchester clubs.