Inter Milan are set to step up their interest in Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, Goal understands.
The Montenegro international has struggled for game time, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko ahead of him in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.
Jovetic was removed from City’s Champions League squad to make room for January signing Wilfried Bony,a decision which he says "killed him", and is open to the idea of returning to Italy with the Nerazzurri.
Goal can reveal that the striker’s agent, Fali Ramadani, has discussed a deal with Inter representatives, who are ready to offer the player a four-year contract worth 3.5 million euros ($3.8m) per year after tax.
However, City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, intends to wait until a decision has been made on the future of under-pressure manager Manuel Pellegrini before any agreement to sell Jovetic is ratified.
If a deal were to be done, the Premier League club would only countenance a permanent sale, though Inter would prefer a loan-to-buy arrangement which would see them eventually pay between 18m euros ($19.5m) and 20m euros ($21.65m).
Inter could face competition, too, if Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone or Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta were to follow up on their admiration for the former Fiorentina forward.
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