Manchester City latest: Including £28m striker imminent and ‘keeper’s future

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Following yesterday’s reports that Manchester City were favourites to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, it seems he may soon be arriving in a deal that could cost £28million.

The 27-year-old was the subject of a failed bid by West Ham earlier this summer; and that is no surprise if the reported fee being discussed between City and Sevilla is true.

Having scored 25 goals in La Liga last season, Negredo was tipped to leave his current club by his own president earlier this month, with Champions League football said to be his main priority.

With Mario Balotelli long since departed, and Carlos Tevez now a Juventus player, Manuel Pellegrini is in need of at least one new striker. And after Edinson Cavani was all but priced out of a move, Negredo appears to be the man with the responsibility of helping to fire City to silverware next season.

Although he may not be the only forward joining the Blues, with Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo heavily linked with the club recently.

The stories of a potential move began earlier this week, but it is now claimed that City representatives will meet with Roma this evening to discuss a possible deal.

Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko could be looking over their shoulders come the first day of the new campaign.

And completing the trilogy of potential new frontmen, Stevan Jovetic has once again been linked with a move to the Etihad…or the Emirates…or somewhere that isn’t his current club Fiorentina.

One player set to stay at City is goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon – and not just because he is handy to have around when Pellegrini wants something off a shelf too high to reach.

The Romanian was heavily linked with a move to Fiorentina – possibly as a sweetener for Jovetic. But the Italians have now signed Gustavo Manua as their new stopper, leaving Pantilimon anticipating another season of domestic cup matches and little else.

Unless Pellegrini has bigger plans for him…

Former manager Roberto Mancini certainly didn’t, axing the player for the FA Cup final after he requested a transfer just three days before the showpiece event.

And now the Italian has spoken out about his sacking.

It is still painful,” he said. “I think I deserved more respect for what I had done for City.”

And finally, City were celebrating their next generation earlier today when thirteen first year scholars signed with the club.

Speaking about next season, Under-18 coach Jason Wilcox said, “There is a lot of talent in this group. I think we’ve got to aim to win the league and FA Youth Cup.”

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