Football transfer rumours and news: Wednesday, September 12

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Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United make the headlines today.

Manchester City are close to an agreement with Fiorentina to bring 22-year-old Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic to the club next summer – talkSPORT

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says he was denied the funds to sign Jovetic in 2009 by then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. In a new book, Benitez says the Americans’ reluctance to back him financially that summer resulted in Liverpool’s failure to build on their Premier League second-placed finish – Metro

Arsenal and Tottenham are competing to sign Atletico Madrid’s Spain international striker Adrian Lopez, who has a £14.4m buy-out clause in his contract – talkSPORT

Liverpool are battling with Juventus for Argentine starlet Luciano Vietto. The Reds’ scouts have been watching the 18-year-old Racing Club Avellaneda midfielder who is valued at £4m – Daily Mirror

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi after the 18-year-old made an impressive start to the Serie B season in Italy – Daily Mirror