Reports have strongly linked Manchester City with a move for Alvaro Negredo.
The move is looking all the more likely as well, after Sevilla signed Colombian striker Carlos Bacca from Club Brugge for €7 million.
This now suggests that Seville are planning for life after their star striker, but is Negredo the right man to fill the void which has been left by Carlos Tevez?
Last year Negredo managed to score 25 league goals in 36 appearances and in his time at Seville has scored 85 goals in 180 appearances - nearly a goal every other game.
On paper this shows that he is an accomplished striker with an eye for a goal. Coupled with the fact that he has been playing in a team without the attacking flair of a top side, you could say he has done exceptionally well.
At 27, he is entering the age where a striker reaches his peak meaning his already impressive goal ratio could improve in the coming years. The Manchester City squad is considerably better than Sevilla’s, meaning he may be given more goal scoring opportunities.
Overall his performances on the pitch show that in terms of goal scoring ability he is more than a match for the departed Carlos Tevez.
However, even though his performances are of a high standard, he still finds it very difficult to start for the Spanish team with Roberto Soldado or Fernando Torres preferred to the Seville star.
Spain have even opted to use Cesc Fabregas as a striker before Negredo, suggesting that Manchester City’s money could be spent better elsewhere.
In my opinion Manchester City are looking at the wrong Spanish striker and should have focused their efforts on Valencia star Roberto Soldado. They are a similar age but Soldado’s strike rate last season was similar to Negredo as he scored a total of 24 goals in 35 games in the league.
Overall however, his ratio is considerably better as he has scored 81 goals in 141 appearances for Valencia - a record that is better than a goal every other game. As already stated, he is ahead of Negredo in the Spanish national side and is just a player I feel would be more suited the Premier League.
Nevertheless, Negredo will not be a starter for Manchester City and will be seen as a squad player. They have recently been linked with a £27m move for Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic, who is more than likely going to be the preferred player to replace Tevez meaning Negredo would have to settle for a place on the bench.
Pellegrini has probably focused on Negredo as his transfer fee would likely be less than Soldado’s, due to Sevilla being in financial trouble. In addition it can allow Negredo to try and recreate his partnership with recently signed and previous Sevilla player Jesus Navas.
To conclude, Negredo is not the player expected to replace Tevez. It is much more likely going to be Stevan Jovetic. I expect Manchester City to start next season with Sergio Aguero up front, with a three-man attacking midfield placed behind the Argentine containing David Silva, Navas and Jovetic.
To gain a squad player with a very good goal record, who can fill in when needed and probably get a run in the cup competitions then Negredo will be a great acquisition.
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