Brendan Rodgers keen on signing Manchester City fringe man – report

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic for as little as £12 million, according to the Daily Mirror.

After two seasons in Manchester, the Montenegrin striker has failed to impress and has played second fiddle to Sergio Aguero.

Jovetic signed in the summer of 2013 for a reported £22 million fee, so City could lose out on half their investment should the deal take place.

With only eight goals in 30 appearances in the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini is set to allow Jovetic to leave.

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Liverpool have been linked with a number of strikers this summer, after we reported that Jeremy Menez has also been recognised as a target for the Kop.

And with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert continuously linked with moves away, Liverpool will need to find replacements as they will need backup for Daniel Sturridge, should the pair leave.

All that is certain is there will be an overhaul at Liverpool this summer once again, as they will look to replace the outgoing Steven Gerrard and also the hole left by Luis Suarez’s departure last summer.

Do you think Stevan Jovetic would be a good signing for Liverpool?

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Inter Milan lining up £40m double swoop on City duo – report

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is looking to bring Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure to Inter Milan this summer and could look to spend £40 million to secure both players.

Jovetic joined City for £22 million after Mancini left the club in 2013 but has failed to impress over the past two seasons and his time is looking set to draw to a close.

Inter Milan are keen on bringing the former Fiorentina man back to Serie A and will look to secure a loan move with the option to buy for £15 million at the end of that spell, according to the Daily Mail.

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The Montenegro international has made 17 Premier League appearances this season, scoring five times with three assists but is behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Wilfried Bony in the pecking order.

Star midfielder Yaya Toure, who is valued at £25 million by transfermarkt.co.uk, could be following Jovetic out of City to join Inter at the end of the season after revealing he is ready for “new challenges”.

The 31-year-old Ivorian has been a mainstay in the City side since Mancini signed him from Barcelona in 2010, but he has not been anywhere near as good as he was last year and could be heading out the exit door.

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After scoring 20 league goals on the way to a second title with City last season, Toure has only managed eight this year and his agent, Dimitri Seluk has admitted he has offers to move on.

“We have had different offers for Yaya but we must speak to Manchester City,” Seluk told Sky Sports News.

“People think he will stay because of money but we don’t care about money. If Man City don’t want him – no problem.”

How important are Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure to Manchester City? Will both leave the club this summer?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs Manchester City

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, March 1st – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 15/8 – Draw 5/2 – Man City 11/8

Match Preview

Liverpool and Manchester City clash at Anfield on Sunday lunchtime in what is undoubtedly one of the biggest games of the Premier League season so far.

Liverpool come in to this game as the form side in the Premier League and they have managed to propel themselves to within just two points of the all important top-four places as they continue their fight to qualify for Champions league football.

Man City are desperate for points as they look to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea in an attempt to retain their Premier League title. A win for City would leave them just two points off the top with Chelsea in League Cup final action against Tottenham this weekend.

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Brendan Rodgers saw his Liverpool side suffer defeat over the course of 90 minutes for the first time in 18 games in all competitions when they lost 1-0 to Turkish side Besiktas before being knocked out on penalties in their Europa League last-32 second-leg tie in Istanbul on Thursday night.

However, the Reds are on a 10-game unbeaten run in the Premier League (W7, D3), they’re the only team that haven’t lost in 2015 and they’ve kept five clean sheets in their last six games.

Visitors Manchester City also suffered a midweek defeat as Barcelona beat them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 knockout round on Tuesday.

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Although Manuel Pellegrini and his players look to have come out the other side of a sticky spell in the Premier League after comprehensive 4-1 and 5-0 wins over Stoke and Newcastle respectively. Before those two victories, City had recorded just one win in six games (D4, L1).

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in August but memories of Liverpool’s 3-2 win over City at Anfield last year will still be fresh in the mind of both sides.

It’s a crucial fixture for each of these teams and they will both be absolutely desperate to pick up all three points, which could make for a potential Premier League classic.

Team News

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is expected to return to the starting line-up after being rested against Besiktas. Glen Johnson (illness), Mamadou Sakho (injury) and Lazar Markovic (suspension) are all available once again. Jordan Henderson will face a late decision over an ankle injury and skipper Steven Gerrard could return to the squad. Lucas Leiva, Jon Flanagan and Brad Jones are all still out injured.

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Manchester City face no injury or suspension problems, but they will be delighted to welcome Yaya Toure back to the side after he missed the midweek defeat to Barcelona through suspension.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/W/W

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester City haven’t won at Anfield on their last 12 visits. They have also recorded just one win on Merseyside against Liverpool in their previous 26 attempts.

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Key Player: Yaya Toure – It’s hard to look past Toure as the key player. He’s so influential to this City side and it’s no coincidence that they seem to have found their form now he’s returned from the African Cup of Nations.

Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City – This is a battle of two excellent sides and we can expect an entertaining affair. We should see goals at both ends and a draw seems the most likely result with so much at stake.

Is Stevan Jovetic on the way out of Manchester City?

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has opted to replace Stevan Jovetic from City’s Champions League squad with new signing Wilfried Bony.

With Sergio Aguero out injured earlier in the season we could have expected to see Jovetic step up and score the goals for City but he too has struggled with injury problems since joining the club from Fiorentina back in 2013.

Bony will have a point to prove to justify his big money move to the reigning Premier League champions and could gain himself cult hero status if he helps his new side overcome European giants FC Barcelona in the upcoming Champions League round of 16 ties.

The move to replace Jovetic with Bony could spell the end of an injury-troubled City career for the Montenegrin forward as it appears he is now even further down the pecking order at the club.

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Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and now Bony are all rated higher than Jovetic by Manuel Pellegrini and the 25-year-old may look to move on at the end of the season.

We can expect the forward to be on the radar of numerous clubs across Europe and a move back to Italy could be a wise decision for him.

Having not made much of a name for himself at City, only netting 11 goals in 41 appearances, Jovetic has time to resurrect his career and once again find the form that attracted the Manchester club to obtain his services in the first place.

Jovetic is currently valued at £21 million on transfermarkt.com and City will look to receive as much of the £22m they paid for him 18 months ago as possible if he does move on at the end of the campaign.

Does Stevan Jovetic have a future at Manchester City or should the club sell him this summer?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on Saturday for the afternoon kickoff in what should be an interesting encounter.

Palace have had a dreadful run of form which has seen them register only one win in their last ten in the Premier League.

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Manchester City come into the game with an opposite run of form, having won their last seven in all competitions, and are just three points off leaders Chelsea.

City do have a massive issue with who to play up front however, as they have no available first-team striker, while captain Vincent Kompany is also out.

Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are all absent through injury and Manuel Pellegrini will have to resort to using 18-year-old Jose Pozo up top against the Eagles. He also played against Leicester in their last game.

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This poses a problem for the champions and one that could see their proficiency drop dramatically as they have only failed to score on one occasion in the league this season, but the lack of a first-team forward could put them in trouble.

Palace on the other hand lay only one point above the relegation zone in 16th, and find themselves dropping down the league rapidly.

They have only won once away from home all season and will need to be at their best to undo the champions at home, with City expected to come out on top, even without a recognised striker.

Score Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Crystal Palace – City to go level on points with Chelsea for at least two days.

Key Player: Frank Lampard – New York City midfielder Frank Lampard is proving he still has what it takes to perform at the top level as of late, and we expect him to prove the difference once again on Saturday.