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Transfer battle: Alvaro Negredo v Stevan Jovetic

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Manchester City are apparently hot on the trail of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, but who do they need most? Negredo or Jovetic? Or could the pair team up to play together at City next season? We look at both men, and what they have to offer.

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ALVARO NEGREDO
Date of birth: 20 August, 1985
Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Height: 1.86m
Position: Forward
Current club: Sevilla
Former clubs: Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid B, Almeria
Value: £20m

Born in Madrid, Negredo never quite cut it with his home town club Real Madrid despite being handed a few appeances by Fabio Capello. Like Juan Mata, Diego Lopez and Roberto Soldado, he was forced to leave the Bernabeu to find fame and fortune elsewhere. Negredo joined Sevilla for 15 million euros in 2009 after a loan spell at Almeria for two seasons. Has scored 70 goals in 139 appearances for Sevilla in the past four years.

What would he bring to City: Very much a threat in the opposition box especially with his head froms set-piece. Has speed and his style of place has been compared to Fernando Torres. Strong and uncompromising, likes to lay off the ball to his forward partners with the only weakness perhaps being his defensive contribution.

What they say about him: "Of course, Negredo is an incredible player; believe me when I say that we know this well, but we aren’t about to go crazy at the moment. It’s one thing to express interest in a player, but it is another entirely to actually try and sign them.” Marco Branca, Inter Milan sporting director.

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STEVAN JOVETIC
Date of birth: 2 November, 1989
Place of birth: Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality: Montenegrin
Height: 1.85m
Postion: Striker
Current club: Fiorentina
Former clubs: Mladost Podgorica, Partizan
Value: £25m

Was Partizan Belgrade's youngest captain at the age of 19. Manchester United and Real Madrid were all linked with the teenager, but it was Fiorentina who purchased the forward for eight million euros in 2008. Helped his side qualify for the Champions League in his first season in Florence while he has also impressed for his country at international level. Scored twice against Liverpool in the 2009/10 season, and also bagged a double in a 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16.

What he would bring to City: Would bring technique to the side. Is comfortable with both feet. And would be an ideal replacement if Sergio Aguero is sold to Barcelona. His finishing is superb and he is not afraid of the physical side of matters having recovered from a cruciate ligament injury in 2010/11. Is perhaps not the fastest or best in the air.

What they say about him: "Jovetic is an incredible player, of the highest level, and I hope I will be able to coach him. I’ll speak to everyone though, as I need to see if certain players are motivated and ready to stay.” Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella

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Total overall points: Negredo 59 out of 80 ----- Jovetic 55 out of 80

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