Manchester United are planning a summer move for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic. The Daily Express believes the Premier League champions have made a formal enquiry about the Montenegrin international's services and that this is likely a precautionary move, in case Wayne Rooney decides to leave Old Trafford.
The England international has made no secret of his unhappiness at the club and the fact he shares a less than cordial relationship with incoming manager David Moyes could hasten the former Everton youngster's departure.
And Moyes, Rooney's former manager from his time at Goodison Park, believes Jovetic could be the perfect replacement. The Scot will face tough competition for the 23-year-old forward's signature though, with the Express linking Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus to the player.
Jovetic scored 13 goals and created five more to help the Viola finish in an Europa League spot for next season, after narrowly missing out on the Champions League to AC Milan.
All four clubs will have a difficult time persuading Fiorentina to release their star player, with the Serie A club's sporting director, Daniele Prade, insisting Jovetic is not for sale. Speaking to the Italian league's official website, Prade declared, "We have been clear about Jovetic. He is not on the market. There is a word given to the boy by the president: at the end of the season they would talk together, but those are the conditions, otherwise we keep him happy."
However, as is usual in these cases, there have also been reports stating that should any club meet their valuation of the player, Fiorentina would be prepared to negotiate. General manager Sandro Mencucci was quoted by Goal.com as demanding €30m for the Montenegrin.
And if that is the case, the Mail Online believes Arsene Wenger may opt out of the race; the Gunners are also considering Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has declared himself open to the idea of moving to the Premier League.
Javier Hernandez to Stay
Meanwhile, there is some good news for Moyes. Mexican international Javier Hernandez will probably stay at the club for next season. The 25-year-old striker's agent, Eduardo Hernandez, has been quoted as saying his client is "very happy at Manchester United".