Italian newspapers claim Fiorentina turned down a Manchester City offer for Stevan Jovetic this weekend.
The Montenegro international forward has already been heavily linked with Juventus over the summer, while there was also thought to be interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
According to La Nazione, Roberto Mancini’s City emissaries were in Florence for yesterday’s 2-0 Coppa Italia win against Novara, where Jovetic was given the captain’s armband.
The Citizens made a proposal, but it was rebuffed out of hand by Fiorentina, who have declared the 22-year-old is not for sale.
He has a long-term contract at the Stadio Franchi and the club has desperately tried to keep him by reinforcing the squad with the likes of Borja Valero, Alberto Aquilani, Matias Fernandez, Mounir El Hamdaoui and David Pizarro.
“I think he’d be disappointed if he left, because we are building an important team here. We’re giving him a team for his characteristics,” said Coach Vincenzo Montella on Saturday.
“This is a side with quality and I am certain that Jovetic strongly wants to stay.”
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