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City 'agree' deal for Jovetic

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Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:20:00

Paris St Germain's president will attempt to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona for €250million if the Catalans choose to meet Thiago Silva's buy-out clause this summer, according to reports in France.

PSG president Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi is unhappy that Barca are continuously being linked with PSG's Brazilian defender and has vowed to play them at their own game.

"If Barca pay the buy-out clause of Thiago Silva then I will meet Messi's buy-out clause," he is quoted as telling ActuSports.fr.

Since the end of last term speculation has been rife that Barcelona will make a concrete bid for the PSG star, but the Ligue 1 champions have insisted he will not leave.

Earlier this week, Camp Nou supremo Sandro Rosell attempted to up the ante as he publicly declared that Barca want Thiago Silva and that has not impressed the player's current club.

Now it appears that PSG are ready to use the financial backing of their Qatari owners to meet Messi's buy-out clause and offer him an enormous contract to see if they can persuade the Argentine to leave Spain.

The 23-year-old has scored 35 league goals in five seasons with La Viola, who finished fourth in Serie A last season, and it appears City's lengthy pursuit of the versatile forward has come to fruition this evening.

A statement published on Fiorentina's official Twitter account, @ACF-Fiorentina, read: "An agreement has been reached with Manchester City Football Club for the permanent sale of the player Stevan Jovetic."

The Barclays Premier League runners-up, now managed by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, have already strengthened their squad with the recruitment of midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk and winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla, with the latter's former team-mate Alvaro Negredo expected to follow in the coming days.

Striker Negredo's transfer is yet to be formalised by City, who are on a pre-season tour in South Africa, in the wake of Sevilla's announcement the Spain international had agreed a move to the Etihad Stadium, but it is clear Pellegrini is working to fill the gaps left in his forward line by the exits of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.

Jovetic - who is as comfortable playing as a lone striker as he is in front of the midfield - finished the 2012-13 season with 13 league goals following a campaign-haul of 14 in the previous year. The Montenegro international had missed the entire 2010-11 season in Florence after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in pre-season training.

He made his Montenegro debut in 2007 and brought up his 10th goal for the nation in a friendly game against Latvia last August.

Fiorentina, meanwhile, have already set about replacing Jovetic's goals by adding Germany international Mario Gomez to their ranks for a reported 17million euros fee last week.

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