Italian football club Fiorentina says it has agreed a deal to sell striker Stevan Jovetic to English Premier League runners-up Manchester City for about $40m.
The deal is conditional on the 23-year-old Montenegro international agreeing personal terms with the Abu Dhabi-owned Premier League club, Fiorentina said on its website on Thursday.
British media reports put Jovetic’s transfer fee at between $33.5m and $42m. Officials for Manchester City, whose squad are finishing a pre-season tour of South Africa, were not immediately available for comment.
Jovetic, a Montenegro international, joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in 2008 for about $12m.
The 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 31 league games last term to help Fiorentina finish fourth as they just missed out on a Champions League place to AC Milan on the final day.
The six foot one inch Jovetic, who can play as a central striker but prefers a slightly deeper role behind the
centre-forward, has scored 10 goals in 27 games for Montenegro.
Fiorentina’s announcement came a day after Spanish club Sevilla said it had agreed to sell its striker Alvaro Negredo to Manchester City.
The Manchester club has already signed winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla and Brazil’s Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk as it rebuilds under new coach Manuel Pellegrini, who has joined from Malaga.
Pellegrini previously coached Real Madrid and Villarreal.