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Saturday 20 July 2013

Stevan Jovetic boosts Manchester City strike force

The 23-year-old Montenegrin will join up with his new team-mates at the Barclays Asia Trophy

  • Jovetic (left) is one of the most exciting attacking talents in European football

Manchester City have signed their second striker in the space of 24 hours after securing the services of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old Montenegro international will now join up with his new team-mates over the weekend as they prepare to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Jovetic, who started his career at Partizan Belgrade where he made history by captaining the side at the age of just 17, has forged a reputation as one of European football's most exciting young forwards following a successful spell in Serie A.

He scored 12 goals in 51 games for the Serbian side before moving to Italy in 2008 for a fee in the region of £8m. In five seasons with La Viola, Jovetic mustered 35 goals in 116 Serie A appearances, although he missed the whole 2010/11 season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

Jovetic, who has also been capped 27 times by Montenegro and scored 10 goals, will wear the No 35 shirt for City next season. His arrival comes less than a day after that of Spain striker Alvaro Negredo and represents City's fourth summer acquisition, following deals for Spanish international Jesus Navas and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

City supporters will hope to get their first glimpses of Jovetic, Negredo, Navas and Fernandinho in the Barclays Asia Trophy semi-final, when Mauricio Pellegrini's charges take on South China at Hong Kong Stadium on 24 July. Three days later they will meet either Tottenham Hotspur or Sundrland at the same venue.

A limited number of tickets are still available for semi-finals day and can be bought here.

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Key Points

  • Manchester City announce the signing of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina
  • The 23-year-old is City's fourth signing of the summer
  • The Montenegro international has spent the last five seasons playing in Serie A