Manchester City latest: Former hero leaves and Navas speaks

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Spanish winger Jesus Navas has spoken of his impending move to Manchester City, revealing that talks began four months ago.

The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it. Manchester City are making a great team.”

The 27-year-old, who has spent his entire career at hometown club Sevilla, will join the Blues for an initial fee of £17million.

A natural and direct right-winger, Navas will bring something different to City next season. Although questions remain as to how he will be used, with suggestions that new manager Manuel Pellegrini may encourage him to come inside rather than hug the touchline, similar to how he used Joaquin at former club Malaga.

One City player who may be on the move is Edin Dzeko, who is being talked of as a potential target for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The odds of the Bosnian forward being the Portuguese’s first signing have dropped from 20/1 to 8/11 since this morning.

Dzeko has been strongly tipped to leave the Etihad this summer. And for a while he was reported as being the makeweight in a deal to bring Edinson Cavani from Napoli. But it now seems Mourinho has other ideas.

The Manchester Evening News are reporting that former City player and terrace favourite Paul Lake has left the club for the second time, following three years as an ambassador for City in the Community.

Lake played 130 times for City and captained the side when he was just 21. But a series of injuries ultimately ended his career six years later.

Once tipped by Bobby Robson as a future England captain, the now-44-year-old is leaving the Blues to become a Club Support Manager with the Premier League.

And finally, England’s goalkeeping coach Dave Watson is being linked with a move to City due to the excellent relationship he has built up with Joe Hart while on international duty.

Currently at Norwich City, Watson is apparently being targeted by Pellegrini as he seeks new backroom staff following the departure of Roberto Mancini and his team.

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