Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on the verge of signing Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo for around £20m, reports claim.
The 27-year-old had his best season in Spain during the last campaign, and after losing out on Edinson Cavani to PSG, Pellegrini is adamant he will not lose out on another target.
"We are on the verge of closing the deal with Manchester City, only a few loose ends remain," Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said. "If nothing strange happens, we will say goodbye to him this afternoon."
City are in desperate need of forward options after selling Carlos Tevez to Juventus back in June. Since then, they turned their attentions to Cavani and Stevan Jovetic, but over the past weeks it has been clear that the new manager would like to bring in Sevilla's Negredo this summer.
Negredo was in terrific form for Sevilla last season, scoring 31 goals in all competitions, including 25 domestically, finishing the season as the fourth top scorer in La Liga, behind Radamel Falcao (28), Cristiano Ronaldo (34) and of course Lionel Messi, who scored 46 times for Barcelona.
We could see Negredo playing alongside Sergio Aguero next season, ultimately knocking Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko to the bench once again. Dzeko will no doubt be out to impress his new manager after scoring frequently as a substitute last season under Roberto Mancini, proving his is worthy of a first time spot, rather than just a 'super sub'.
The Sevilla striker has looked closer to a move away from the Spanish league after his current club signed Colombian forward Carlos Bacca from Club Brugge.
Negredo will be looking to make an instant impact for Manchester City in the Premier League as they are once again favourites to be contenders for the league title, and with the finishing abilities of Aguero and Negredo, combined with the passing quality of Spanish team-mate David Silva and new signing Jesus Navas, City will surely be pushing for top spot once again come the end of the season.
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