Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo is prepared to take a pay-cut to ensure a move to Atletico Madrid according to reports.
Spanish newspaper AS claims the former Sevilla front-man would be willing to accept less than what he currently earns at the Etihad but that City are proving what the paper calls “a hard nut to crack”.
That is no surprise given that Negredo only arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer for an initial £16.4million.
The Spaniard hit the ground running at the Blues, but failed to score in any of the last 16 Premier League games of the season. Despite that alarming dip, he did end the campaign with 23 strikes in all competitions, proving particularly deadly in the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Bearing that in mind, City will surely be unwilling to let the player go unless they truly feel they can bring in a better option – more specifically a world-class striker in the mould of Edinson Cavani or Radamel Falcao.
The latest report claims Atletico are considering two options to replace the Chelsea-bound Diego Costa, with Negredo joined by Bayern Munich’s Mario Madzukic on their wish-list.
Negredo is said to be the preferred option, but it will take some bid to tempt City’s hand.