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11/07/2013 07:38

Papers: Fight for Jovetic

Mark Irwin writes in The Sun...

Manchester giants battle for £27million striker
Manchester United are going head to head with noisy neighbours Manchester City in a £27million fight for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. United boss David Moyes has turned to the Montenegro international after failing to convince Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to move to Old Trafford. It is bad news for City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who had thought the forward was in the bag. Jovetic's agent Fali Ramadani has been in London this week after the Italian side gave the go-ahead for talks with potential buyers. Fiorentina this week signed Mario Gomez for £15m from Bayern Munich and Jovetic, 23, has a £27m release clause. City have made it clear they are willing to meet that fee for the striker, who scored 13 Serie A goals last term and starred in a 1-1 draw with England in March. But United are now ready to match City's £120,000-a-week offer and think their stature gives them the edge.

Many of today's papers report on the start of United's Tour 2013 Presented by Aon - which kicked off yesterday as a 19-man squad jetted off to Bangkok. The Daily Mail comments on the absence of Nemanja Vidic, who has been left behind with an alleged sciatic nerve problem.

Elsewhere, the Daily Express includes a piece based on an interview David Moyes gave to TalkSport on Wednesday, commenting on his “good relationship” with Wayne Rooney. The United boss also spoke about the striker’s impressive fitness: “He has trained great. They [the club’s fitness coaches] are telling me they’ve never seen him in better shape. That’s positive. He’s not for sale and I will try to get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can.”

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