Why should Manchester City and Everton support Valencia tonight?

Should Sevilla not make the Europa League the chances of signing some of their star players might just increase.

With the final kicks in La Liga and the German and Russian cup finals I will truly feel that the European football season has come to an end.

And in Spain it proves to be a thoroughly exciting evening of football as the small matter of European qualification and relegation must be decided tonight.

While much of the attention is on the relegation fight, and rightly so with any three of four teams likely to drop out of the division, the race for the Europa League is also coming to a head this Saturday.

For Sevilla the idea of a Europa League place next season never truly seemed fathomable throughout a difficult campaign.

But interestingly enough it is a problem that has plagued them recently that has offered them this once so distant possibility.

Despite currently sitting in ninth place, ten points behind Malaga in sixth, they are, at this time, in a Europa League qualification place.

With Atletico Madrid winning the Copa Del Rey that afforded an extra Europa League place in La Liga; which was the first stroke of luck to put Sevilla in this position.

Then Malaga and Rayo Vallecano, both of whom are currently clear of Sevilla in the league, were excluded from UEFA competitions after falling foul of the financial fair play regulations.

So on paper it is relatively simple; if Sevilla defeat Champions League hunting Valencia at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium this evening they will be playing European football in 2013-14.

But they certainly have competition.

If they do slip up Getafe are level on points and ready to pounce while Levante could also make it if both teams lose and they beat Real Betis at home.

So why should Manchester City and Everton care?

Well because both would love to steal away a couple of the clubs best players.

For Manchester City it is Jesus Navas. Rumours are circulating that the winger who has suffered from acute homesickness throughout his career is prepared to finally fly the nest after working to overcome his travelling demons.

Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly made him one of his main transfer targets for the summer and with Sevilla’s own financial woes he could be available.

But such a fragile character like Navas would look for any reason to stay with his current club; and European competition may be just the excuse he is after.

Star striker Alvaro Negredo also wants a move, and has previously confirmed that the Premier League interests him.

He was the subject of a failed bid from Everton in January and despite David Moyes’ departure it would still be a coup to bring the Spanish international to Goodison Park.

Swansea and West Ham have also been linked with his signature recently; but if Sevilla make the Europa League he might also be persuaded to stay for one more term.

But lose to Valencia and the chances of signing both men will undoubtedly increase.

Would you like Navas or Negredo at your club?

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