Conte doesn’t expect Jovetic to stay in Italy.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte has revealed that the club can’t afford to buy Fiorentina star and Manchester City target Stevan Jovetic.
The 23-year-old is expected to leave Florence this summer, with Juve, Manchester City and Manchester United all speculated to be interested in signing him.
However, speaking at his first press-conference of pre-season, Conte touched on numerous topics, one of which was the Bianconeri’s desire to sign Jovetic.
The Italian tactician will have disappointed fans hoping to see the Montenegrin in Turin next season, stating that his €30m release clause fee is too high for them.
Not only did Conte rule Juve out of the running but he also believes that no club in Italy can afford the fee, and he sees Jovetic leaving Serie A ahead of next season.
“Jovetic has a high price, but it’s justified as he is a top player and in the future he may be worth more than €30m. He is too expensive for Italy,” he told the media as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Napoli have been rumoured to have an interest in Jovetic, and given that they are expected to see Edinson Cavani leave this summer with PSG set to pay €63m for the Uruguayan, they may well have the finances to sign him.
However, at this stage it would appear that City are favourites to sign the youngster, who has previously revealed his desire for a new challenge next season. While he has also suggested that Turin would be his ideal destination, it now looks highly unlikely.