Should Brighton continue with their audacious pursuit of Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic?
Newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion have been involved in some serious transfer window business already this summer, breaking their record fee three times, but they’re not done just yet.
According to reports surfacing from Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Brighton boss Chris Hughton has seen a formal bid in the region of £14 million rejected for Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetic.
The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since moving to Italy, struggling to break into the first-team and being sent out on-loan to Sevilla last season, and Brighton could come to his rescue.
Could Jovetic rekindle his form in the Premier League?
Does the name sound familiar Brighton fans?
If so, that’ll be because Stevan Jovetic was part of the Manchester City squad that won the Premier League title in 2013-14, arriving in the top-flight for £22 million after leaving Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
It is fair to say that it didn’t quite click for him on that occasion but, after a successful loan with Sevilla at the end of last season, he could be ready to give English football another go this year.
The 27-year-old still has a lot to offer at the highest level, with his combination of deceptive power and speed earning him six La Liga goals in just 20 matches, and he is a well-rounded forward.
With Brighton struggling for any sort of attacking impetus in front of goal over their first two games this season he could provide the spark needed to kick-start their campaign; the thought of Anthony Knockaert returning and linking up with Jovetic between midfield lines is promising for the Seagulls.
The Montenegro international is a proven goal-scorer in three of Europe’s top leagues throughout his career to date, and his natural creativity and desire in the box means he’s likely to continue this.
Making the move to Brighton could potentially give Jovetic the chance to set the record straight following an underwhelming – at best – two-year spell at Manchester City, scoring just eight times.
He regularly struggled to dislodge either Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko from the starting eleven, resulting in him only managing 28 Premier League appearances in two seasons, and he fell so far out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini that he was actually loaned out to Inter Milan during 2015-16.
Although a switch to Brighton could be deemed a downgrade after a career spent at sides challenging for Champions League spots, he certainly has a point to prove in England. However, with local outlet The Argus claiming an agreement is in place for FC Zurich’s Raphael Dwamena, a deal for Jovetic seems unlikely.