Sevilla are close to completing the signing of Porto winger Jesus Corona after agreeing to personal terms with the rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target, per Corriere dello Sport.
Monchi has hit the market to bolster Julen Lopetegui’s ranks this summer in view of the Champions League. Los Nervionenses booked their return to the UEFA competition with a fourth-placed finish, looking to progress beyond the Last 16 where they exited last season.
Sevilla have already added Erik Lamela, who scored a brace on his debut, plus defenders Ludwig Augustinsson and Gonzalo Montiel. Monchi now wants to finalise Corona’s arrival in the coming days for €12m (£10m) after Sevilla agreed terms with the Tottenham target.
Duncan Castles had claimed on the Transfer Window Podcast that Tottenham were also exploring a deal to sign Corona. Fabio Paratici considers him an option to bolster Nuno Espirito Santo’s right-back options, with the natural winger adept in defence.
But Sevilla believe Corona is perfect for Lopetegui’s desired 4-2-3-1 system at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Los Nervionenses also hope his presence on the right-flank can help the Andalusian outfit surprise Spain’s established big three in the La Liga standings.
Corona is ready to say his goodbyes to Porto and manager Sergio Conceicao, too. But the Mexican’s move to La Liga is on hold while he waits to receive a Portuguese passport. It will allow Sevilla to register the 28-year-old as a community player. La Liga rules only allow five non-EU players and a maximum of three to be named in a matchday squad.
Nuno to rue Tottenham failing to sign Sevilla target Corona from Porto?
Corona’s registration status is the final hurdle Sevilla face in their bid to beat Tottenham to sign him from Porto. Monchi and Lopetegui agree the forward is a worthwhile addition as he will improve Los Nervionenses’ ability on the ball, add pace and is a creative outlet.
The winger failing to obtain a Portuguese passport after six years in the country could be Paratici’s final hope, then. Monchi appears to have all financial aspects covered already to take the £30,000-per-week forward to Andalusia.
Nuno would have benefited from having Corona at Tottenham, like Lopetegui likely will at Sevilla. The 53-cap forward can dictate the flow of games from anywhere on the right-hand channel. He also offered 13 assists and three goals across all competitions, before helping Mexico reach this month’s Gold Cup final.