Manchester City latest: Including no bid for Negredo and two set to depart

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Reports over the weekend suggested Manchester City were close to sealing a £20million deal for Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo. And yet the Spanish side have since claimed that no offer has yet been made.

The La Liga side’s president Jose Maria del Nido said, “There hasn’t been any communication between the English club and the Spanish club, and Negredo is training with his teammates and has three more years on his contract.

There hasn’t been any offer from Manchester City.”

A pretty emphatic statement if ever there was one. And while it doesn’t mean City won’t be making a bid, it certainly suggests the deal has some way to go if it is to happen.

City’s reported interest in Negredo came after they refused to meet Edinson Cavani’s buy-out clause; something PSG seem happy to do.

With the French champions' director Leonardo confirming negotiations are on-going, the Uruguayan is set to be named a PSG player by the end of the week.

Forgetting his transfer business for a few hours, Manuel Pellegrini took his first City training session earlier today.

In a selection of pictures taken prior to the session, the players look enthusiastic for the campaign ahead; their happiness suggesting they are well aware of the man-management skills of the former Malaga man and what it could possibly lead to. Then again, they may have just been happy the sun was out.

Two players Pellegrini may not be calling on next season are Reece Wabara and Jeremy Helan. The former is said to be a target for a number of Championship clubs and would be allowed to leave on a permanent deal.

While Helen is also reportedly able to leave – for the right price – with Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves both keeping tabs on the situation.

And finally, Roberto Mancini has had even more to say about his former employers, this time calling into question their Champions League hopes.

I would say City are a bit like Juventus,” he said. “They are growing but are still a bit behind the big European clubs.

In the Champions League last year, we had the toughest group. Now they have lost two important players in Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.”

True – but they have signed Fernandinho and Jesus Navas…with more signings expected to follow. So while no one expects Pellegrini to win the trophy in his first season, he has every chance of doing better than his predecessor in Europe’s elite competition.

It will be interesting to see what Mancini has to say then.

image: © Gene Hunt

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