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After considerable speculation, Manchester City appear close to completing a deal for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.
The 27-year-old Spaniard looks set to move to the Etihad for an initial £21.5million; a fee that could ultimately rise to £24.5million in performance-related add-ons.
Having previously dismissed the likelihood of a move – seemingly to speed things along – Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido appears a lot happier than he has been in recent days.
“Manchester City are buying a great player,” he said, “the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga.
“Everyone should be happy; it is a great deal for all three parties.”
Should Manuel Pellegrini also complete a deal for Stevan Jovetic, he will have quite the strike-force to call on next season.
Which one of Jovetic and Negredo is a second choice may never be revealed, but it appears at least one of them was, following claims that City were interested in Edinson Cavani.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed what we already knew, revealing the Blues wanted the Uruguayan before his move to PSG.
“Benitez very much liked Dzeko,” de Laurentiis said. “Manchester City wanted to take Cavani but they never arrived at a certain fee.”
Considering that fee was £55million, it is hardly surprising.
Despite the imminent arrival of two new strikers, City have again been linked with an unlikely move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
No, we can’t see it happening either.
Fresh from seemingly acquiring some new faces in the forward line, City are reportedly considering a £20million bid for Real Madrid defender Pepe.
At 30 years of age, and with Matija Nastasic consistently impressing, the signing of the Portuguese international would make little long-term sense. But long-term sense may be secondary to the desire of securing a trophy or two as soon as possible.
And finally, Carlos Tevez believes the weight of expectation on City’s players affected their performances in the Champions League.
“It came from everyone,” he said, “the club, the fans. “I think that too much pressure just hurts the team.”
If he expects less pressure following his move to Juventus, he may be in for a surprise.
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