I think that most fans would agree that this transfer market has gone pretty well. The defense has seemingly been reinforced from that abysmal mess we were forced to watch last season, and the midfield has added some serious bite. The only position left that required any real upgrades was the attack, and now at least one of those additions has arrived.
After flirtations with a few Manchester City players, Roberto Mancini has managed to sign a player from his former club. But instead of Yaya Toure, the player trading in sky blue for black and blue is Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegrin striker is no stranger to Italy, he spent 5 years in the country playing for Fiorentina before moving to England. But a series of injuries (along with competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko) saw Jovetic reduced to a bit-part role for Manchester City and after being dropped from their Champions League squad this past season, he was ready for a change in scenery.
Jovetic is still a real goalscoring threat despite his injury concerns. In only 9 starts last season he managed 5 goals and 3 assists. He is not just an out-and-out striker though, the 25 year old can also play as a winger and supporting striker. His versatility will allow Mancini to play in a number of formations, whether it is a 433, 4231, or 4312. Jovetic likes to drop deep and create as well, potentially allowing for a strikeforce combination with Mauro Icardi similar to the one the young Argentine has with Palacio. If Jovetic and Icardi can work together well, it could create a attack that would strike fear in defenders for years to come.
The deal is an initial 1.5 year loan for €3m, followed by a mandatory buyout for €12m. He signed a 4 year contract keeping him here until 2019. Though some are worried about the obligation to purchase given his injury concerns, an obligatory purchase was probably the only way Inter was going to be able to get Jovetic. Manchester City were only willing to play ball if they knew they would get Jovetic off their books permanently and Inter still gets the chance to spread out the payments, plus if things don't go according to plan he can always be sold (just like Shaqiri...).
Jovetic has already announced his happiness at being back in Italy and his belief that he is healthy and ready to begin scoring for his new fans. Let's hope he stays off the injury table and on the pitch.