Serie A champions Juventus make bid for Man City striker Jovetic

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Stevan Jovetic (pictured) will be staying at the Etihad. 

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Juventus have lodged an official bid for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, Goal can reveal.

The Serie A champions have offered a £2million fee to take Jovetic on loan for the rest of the season, and would be obliged to pay a further £16.5m, spread over two annual instalments, for a permanent transfer.

A number of Italian clubs have shown an interest in the former Fiorentina striker ever since his move to England in 2013.

The 25-year-old’s first season in English football was plagued by injury, which alerted a number of suitors to his potential availability.

City resolved to keep him, however, and he started the 2014-15 season as one of just three strikers at the Etihad Stadium following the departure of Alvaro Negredo to Valencia.

But his suitors have returned in recent months and it is understood several teams remain interested in taking him back to Italy.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini, however, said in his Friday press conference that the £27m arrival of Wilfried Bony will not affect Jovetic’s standing in the squad.

"Yes of course he has a future here, Stefan is a very important player for us. Bony arrived now in the winter transfer [window], it was a decision we took after selling Alvaro Negredo," he said.

"He is replacing Alvaro. The squad worked with Alvaro so if we sold him it was because he had a personal problem that he didn’t want to continue here. But Bony just replaces Alvaro, he’s not replacing Stevan Jovetic."

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It is expected, though, that the Premier League champions will be tempted by the possibility of reclaiming almost all of the £22m they paid for Jovetic just 18 months ago.

City were hit with a £49m Uefa fine for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations last year, which in turn forced the club to spend a maximum of £49m in the summer transfer market, as well as keeping their wage bill level, in order to receive a refund of that sanctiion.

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