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Stevan Jovetic likely to leave Inter this summer

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JoJo hasn't impressed Roberto Mancini and could be set for a swift exit from San Siro.

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After just one season in black and blue, Stevan Jovetic's adventure at Inter appears to have already come to an end. Despite a promising start to the season, the Montenegrin forward has not met the high expectations he arrived with following his €17m transfer from Manchester City, unable to play with the application and consistency that you need to nail down a starting place at a club like Inter, and is therefore not part of Roberto Mancini's plans for the coming campaign who has never particularly seen eye to eye with him. We need only think back to some of the comments he's made in public over the last few months - not to mention the reported spat they had after the infamous defeat to Lazio - to intuit that.

For this reason, according to Corriere dello Sport and Il Giornale, Piero Ausilio and JoJo's agent Fali Ramadani have already begun to look for a solution that will satisfy all parties, making it highly unlikely that he will remain with us for next season. As things stand in mid-June, the only two teams who have registered an interest in Jovetic are Arsenal and Spartak Moscow, but the club are not in any rush to offload him and will happily wait until nearer the start of the season to take a definitive decision. (Indeed, they could use our series of pre-season friendlies as a kind of shop window for him.)

Of those two it is Spartak who have made the more determined approach, with coach Dmitri Alenichev seeing him as the perfect fit for the 4-2-3-1 system he employs, but Arsenal, who for now have only made speculative contact with Inter via an intermediary, would be the destination Jovetic prefers. He is thought to be unwilling to move to a so-called lesser league such as Russia's, with the Premier League firmly at the top of his list.

Whoever wishes to sign JoJo will have to fork out at least €14.5m, as that is the fee Inter are obliged to pay to City to make him a permanent signing (on top of the initial €2.5m for the season-long loan) and they have no intention of making a loss on him. In other words, it's exactly what happened with Xherdan Shaqiri last summer, where Inter signed him from Bayern and then immediately sold him on to Stoke for the same price.

It remains to be seen who will be willing to do that for a man who only managed six goals all season, but what seems fairly certain at this early stage is that Jovetic will not be an Inter player come next season. The early promise he showed was tantalising, but in hindsight those three goals in two matches against Atalanta and Carpi were little more than a false dawn. With his various physical problems and tendency to be inconsistent it was always recognized that this deal was a gamble - a gamble worth taking - and sadly it hasn't proved to be a successful one.