Manchester City are usually the ones disrupting players at top European clubs, but they’ve been given a taste of their own medicine by Juventus in the last couple of days.
The Bianconeri are targeting Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic and have already had bids rejected for the forward. Jovetic signed for City in a £22 million deal last summer from Fiorentina, but the Montenegrin has struggled for form and fitness since arriving in Manchester.
Jovetic made just five starts during City’s successful Premier League campaign and Juventus have earmarked him as a top transfer target.
Jovetic rose to prominence thanks to a successful five-year period with Fiorentina and it’s clear that he would be suited to Juventus’ style of play. A loan bid has already been rejected by Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but further bids from Juventus have surfaced.
Meanwhile, it has been reported by the Manchester Evening News that Atletico Madrid have dropped their interest in City striker Alvaro Negredo following the signing of Mario Mandzukic.
Also, Willy Caballero, the former Malaga goalkeeper that joined City during the week, has stressed that he is not at the club to be Joe Hart’s understudy and will push him all the way in the battle for the No.1 jersey at Eastlands.
After the signings of Caballero, midfielder Fernando and full back Bacary Sagna, it is believed that Manuel Pellegrini is now targeting a centre back.
City have been plaguing Roma in their pursuit of defender Mehdi Benatia, writes The Mirror. The Moroccan has been forced to train alone by the Giallorossi and Pellegrini is ready to get the deal over the line if Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala rejects a move to the Premier League champions. Benatia has been left in limbo by Pellegrini and Roma have set a deadline of July 21st for the move to be completed.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.