I wrote a few weeks ago about the Speedy Gonzales of La Liga – Sevilla’s Jesus Navas – and how he would be a great signing for City. That was before the sacking of Roberto Mancini but it seems the club’s affections for the player have not departed along with their manager.
According to reports, Sevilla have accepted an offer from Manchester City for the 27-year-old winger who is one of the fastest footballers on the planet. A statement on Sevilla's official club website read:
"Jesus Navas is leaving Sevilla FC bound for Manchester City. Sevilla FC has accepted the offer of the English club, taking into account the will of the player, and he will undergo a medical.''
Whilst no fee has been revealed officially, it is understood City will pay £24 million for the transfer. It sounds about right – he is a seasoned Spain international, experienced and exceptionally technically gifted. He’s won two UEFA Cups and two Copa del Rey titles with Sevilla and a move to City is a change of pace for him in what will likely be his last change at a ‘big move.’
Whilst all the plaudits, should the transfer prove successful, will likely go to incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini, City were actually linked with Navas prior to Mancini’s sacking and I suspect this deal may be one he had a lot to do with.
This signing, however, does leave the door open for speculation over the future of both Samir Nasri and James Milner who both currently play in Navas’ preferred position on the flank. Navas is a traditional number 7 winger and his electric pace combined with his quality on the ball means he will likely become first choice in no time.
Nasri has been linked with a move away from the Etihad in recent weeks following his bust-up with Mancini and his lack of playing time this season. He will be looking to book his ticket to Brazil for next year’s World Cup with the France national side and I suspect he’ll be off this summer in search of regular starts elsewhere. Perhaps even back to his homeland.
One thing’s for sure – he’s never going to keep the pace of Jesus Navas.
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