Premier League champions Manchester City are set to bolster their squad with a move for Steven Jovetic in the January transfer window.
Liverpool and Chelsea have both been known to have an interest in the Montenegro international and City could land him for £25million.
City boss Roberto Mancini tried to sign the 22-year-old in the summer but proved unsuccessful, but a fresh bid is expected which would see the Italian build his team around the exciting midfielder.
Patrick Viera, the football development executive at Man City was present during Fiorentina’s 2-1 defeat against Inter Milan, and despite failing to shine his talent can’t be doubted.
Mancini hopes to agree a pre-contract agreement with Jovetic, who has scored 28 goals in 89 appearances since joining from Partizan in 2008.
The Montenegro international has a contract until 2016, which gives the Florence club leverage in agreeing a suitable fee for their prize asset.
Jovetic seemed likely to join Chelsea in the summer before deciding he would stay one more year with the Italian giants to help them push for Europe.
“I stopped those negotiations. By the time they had made their move from England I had already decided that I would stay in Florence,” he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.