Jesus Navas has long been linked with Arsenal while Manchester City are also reportedly after him. But can he overcome his anxieties to play in the Premier League; or anywhere away from his beloved Seville?
Manchester City are reportedly going to give most of their attention this summer into bringing in a new winger, with Marco Reus already being mentioned as a potential signing. In fact some even believe that a double swoop could be in order as the club will also chase long-term Arsenal target Jesus Navas of Sevilla.
On paper it seems a very likely deal and a very good one for either team. City will definitely have money to spend while Arsenal have been bequeathed £70 million and whatever they earn from player sales to use in order to rebuild a flaky squad this summer.
Navas may not be having the best of seasons, just three assists and no goals in his 31 games so far but he is still considered one of the most talented players outside of Europe’s top clubs at the moment.
He has amassed 22 appearances for Spain throughout his career and scored twice for his national side while also being a regular in La Liga since 2004.
A Uefa Cup winner on two occasions with Los Palanganas and a FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship winner with his national side also boast his prestigious winning ability.
He currently has a reported release clause in his contract in the region of €35 million which may be a bit pricy despite both teams ability to spend in the summer but an educated guess would suggest Sevilla may accept less; despite the notorious reputation of the chairman Jose Maria Del Nido as a stern negotiator.
Sevilla are in a spot of financial bother; struggling to keep up with debts and a very amorous Spanish tax-man are becoming a common theme for La Liga clubs and it is reported in many circles that Sevilla are one such team.
So a cut price deal may be on the cards for the good of the club; which leaves Navas in a predicament.
As many will know the 27-year-old has suffered with severe bouts of 'acute homesickness' in the past whenever he has travelled away from his home-city of Los Palacios y Villafranca. It prevented a move to Chelsea in 2006 and forced him to initially retire from international football.
However he has improved his anxiety problems; a tour of the States helped along with playing for Spain at both the World Cup in South Africa and the Euro’s in Poland/Ukraine with minimal fuss.
With his beloved Sevilla now in dire need of a financial injection his move to the Premier League may be just what the Andalucían club needs in order to stave off financial turmoil. For Navas not only would it be a good career move considering where Sevilla are in La Liga right now but would also represent conquering the final barrier in his recovery from a misunderstood and highly disruptive disorder.
Do you think Jesus Navas could overcome his homesickness to play for Arsenal or Manchester City?
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