Stevan Jovetic just can't get out of the headlines - the Fiorentina talisman has been in the news for quite some time, having been linked with moves to Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester City and it seems all but certain that the Montenegrin will be in a new club this summer.
Here is the latest surrounding the Serie A star:
Current teammate and compatriot, Stefan Savic has suggested that Jovetic join Manchester City.
"Jovetic can play for one of the top clubs. I hope he does because he is one of my closest friends. I would recommend City to him. I think City’s a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year. It was hard for me there because I came straight from the Serbian league. I won a league title but, after one season, I knew I had to play regularly to improve as a player, so I left. It was my decision. It is different for Stevan. He has five years experience, he could play straight away with Sergio Aguero or Carlos Tevez."
AC Milan boss, Massimo Allegri, insists his team will give a good account of themselves in their Champions League clash with competition favourites, Barcelona.
The coach of the Italian giants reacted spikily to suggestions from reporters that AC Milan were just making up the numbers when questioned at his pre-match press conference.
After a summer of rebuilding, where many of the old guard were packed off to pastures new, and a rather underwhelming beginning to the Serie A season, the seven times winners have crept into the top four of their domestic championship. They also squeezed through their group stage with a meagre seven points and seven goals scored when finishing runners-up to Malaga.
Fully aware of the task ahead, Allegri said “We are facing the best team in the world but I do not accept that everyone is making us out to be the sacrificial lamb”.
Owning the best midfield in the competiton, could be enough to win Juventus this season's UEFA Champions League. They all but guaranteed their passage to the quarter finals by dismantling Celtic in Glasgow by a comprehensive 3-0 scoreline. The Serie A giants dominance both domestically and in Europe, is keyed by the deepest and most talented midfield in Europe's premier club competition.
They boast the finest triumvate of midfield intelligence and skill, that begins with an old master and extends to a tireless South American dynamo. They both complement perhaps the best attacking midfielder currently plying his trade at the top levels of football.
As he so often does, the ageing, but still effective Andre Pirlo ensures Juventus don't wastes any of their possession. The veteran schemer usually begins Juve counter-attacks with a smart pass that immediately threatens the gap between the opposition's midfield and defence. When he fires those clever passes, Pirlo has an embarrassment of attacking midfield riches to aim for.
As the UEFA Champions League awakes from its mid-winter slumber, the knockout stages begin with a tasty looking tie in the east end of Glasgow. Neil Lennon’s Celtic welcome Italian giants Juventus in a match-up that, although isn’t the most high profile of the round of 16, is certainly one of the most intriguing.
The Scottish champions, currently galloping away with their domestic title race, have successfully found the balance needed to maintain their supremacy in Scotland while simultaneously being able to muster a worthwhile challenge on the continental scene.
Having been drawn in what looked like a very tough group, they scaled the unlikely heights to defeat Barcelona and edge out the more favoured Benfica and Spartak Moscow in the fight to reach the latter stages.
Juventus, who were also handed a stiff assignment in the group draw, progressed with Shakhtar Donetsk at the expense of reigning champions, Chelsea. The Turin based club find themselves topping Serie A with only Napoli as their realistic challengers as they seek to win back-to-back Scudettos and their 29th in total.
With the transfer window closing last Thursday, the biggest move in European football was the Mario Balotelli move to AC Milan from Manchester City. Mario Balotelli still had three years left on his contract with Manchester City, but the sale to AC Milan came as little surprise as the player had worn out his welcome in England. It is reported AC Milan signed the controversial striker to a four and a half year deal worth approximately £24 million.
At 22, Balotelli scored 54 goals in six seasons in European football. He had his best season last year where he scored 13 goals for Manchester City to help them win the EPL title.
This year the undisciplined player wore out his welcome in Man City. Following a slew of off the field incidents, Balotelli spent most of the 2012-13 season on the bench. In fact, this season he only started seven games in the Premiership, and scored just once in a 2-0 win at Wigan.
The main reason Balotelli had not played much this year for City was because he is undisciplined—and this translated into strained relationships with teammates and manager.