Manchester City latest: Including Navas in and Kolarov out?

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Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing as Manchester City manager appears to be Jesus Navas. The right winger, currently with Spanish side Sevilla, looks set to complete a £17million move to the Blues.

Reports from Spain suggest the deal is all but done. And when asked about his future, the 27-year-old said, “I am open to anything and I want to win titles. City is a team I like a lot.”

It is being reported that the fee for the player could eventually rise to £24million should all the performance criteria be met.

While Navas awaits his first game for City, Aleksander Kolarov may have played his last. Reports this evening suggest the left-back is a target for Italian champions Juventus. The Serbian has experience playing in Serie A, having been at Lazio prior to his move to England.

After starting just 11 league games last season, Kolarov may feel the time is right to move on.

One player linked with a switch in the other direction is Fiorentina’s David Pizarro. The 33-year-old spent time on loan at City in 2012, and quotes from the player’s uncle have led to headlines linking him with a return.

But in reality, there seems little substance to the reports – other than an uncle talking up his nephew.

One player currently plying his trade in Italy who City would certainly be interested in is Edinson Cavani. And Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has now put a price tag of £54million on the Uruguayan striker.

With Chelsea and Real Madrid also said to be circling, this is a saga that could run all summer.

And finally, former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Pellegrini has what it takes to succeed at his new club.

Having played under him at both Real Madrid and Malaga, the Dutchman has first-hand experience of the Chilean’s methods.

He can create a structure and a culture at the club whereby things get better,” van Nistelrooy said.

So in that sense – and even though this is me speaking as an ex-United player – I think he will build something at City.”

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