Manchester City latest: Including Jovetic deal and Benfica winger linked

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All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad…

Former Manchester City player Bert Trautmann has died at the age of 89.

The German goalkeeper made over 500 appearances for the Blues between 1949 and 1964. He later had a stint in charge of Stockport County, before working with for the German Football Association’s development scheme.

The ‘keeper is perhaps most famous for playing the final 17 minutes of City’s successful FA Cup final of 1956 with a broken neck.  A feat worth considering the next time you see some of today’s players feigning injury.

Trautmann was also awarded an OBE in 2004 for his work promoting football partnerships between Germany and the UK.

Expect him to be honoured when City next turn out – with two new strikers at their disposal.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side has now confirmed the signing of Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla.

In a deal worth considerably less than was recently reported, the 27-year-old has moved for an initial £16.4million. The deal may ultimately rise to £20.6million dependent on add-ons.

The Spaniard becomes the third new arrival at the Etihad this summer. And there may soon be a fourth, with Stevan Jovetic apparently close to a switch from Fiorentina.

Long believed to be on his way to Arsenal, in recent weeks he has been strongly linked with a move to City. And that has now been confirmed, subject to a medical.

Speaking of his imminent move the 23-year-old said, “Florence will remain in my heart. But I’m happy to go to City because they play in the Premier League and they are a very important team. I just want to win something.”

Fiorentina have confirmed that an agreement is in place for Jovetic’s transfer, for a fee believed to be in the region of £22million.

And Pellegrini’s spending may not stop there, with reports from Portugal that he has made a £25.8million bid for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio.

And yet with the recent arrival of Jesus Navas – who plays in the same position as Salvio – these stories may need to be taken with a pinch of salt; especially when Benfica are said to be holding out for £34.4million.

In reality, with City’s forward line and midfield suitably rejuvenated, defensive reinforcements are surely the manager’s next priority.

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