As the Radamel Falcao rumours continue to fly, the Colombian, once heavily linked with Real Madrid has been touted as a possible target for Manchester City. The move could see Alvaro Negredo leave England and move to Madrid, as part of a crazy transfer merry-go round, and the move could benefit both Real and the Spanish striker.
According to Football Espana, Real Madrid are believed to be lining up a bid for the Manchester City striker Negredo as competition for Karim Benzema.
Winger Jesé Rodriguez is as close to a back-up striker that Ancelotti has at his disposal, but the 22-year-old is still recovering from two knee operations and won’t return until around October. Given the severe nature of the injury, Rodriguez may not be back to his best until next season.
Real Madrid short on strikers
Injury to Benzema could see Real Madrid striker-less until at least January, and with Isco failing to impress as a ‘false 9’ during preseason, Madrid are in need of a forward.
Enter Negredo. The former Real Madrid youth player could be the perfect solution to Madrid’s striker woes.
Negredo was in sublime form during the first 6 months of his Manchester City career, before enduring a slight drought. Regardless, he still found the net 23 times in 48 appearances.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been quick to dismiss any rumours of a bid from Madrid, and express his reticence at the Spaniard leaving.
“For the moment there is no news about that, for Negredo or anybody. We are not receiving any offers for any players," the Chilean told reporters. “At this moment he is part of our squad and we are not trying to sell him and nobody has given an important offer.
“Last year he did very well and then had an injury with his shoulder and after that he didn’t play so well but he’s always an important player for us. We don’t want to sell him. We want him to stay with us.”
However his injury has seen the former Sevilla forward slip down the pecking order, with Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic in great form.
Negredo would not be first choice at Real Madrid
It is likely that Negredo would rather be second choice at Real Madrid, but that is preferable to fourth choice at Manchester City. And with four trophies still up for grabs this season, Madrid will have plenty of matches for the striker, including the Champions League.
The offering of European football entice the 29-year-old. Manchester City have qualified for the tournament, but have been fined £49 million and had their squad size reduced to 22 players as punishment for failing to adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations. As a result, Negredo has been left out of their Champions League squad.
The striker's La Liga experience is invaluable, and the would have little trouble fitting into the Madrid set-up as a target man to feed Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, as well as bang in a few goals himself.
Moreover move back to Spain may also put the forward firmly back on Vicente del Bosque’s radar, as 16 of Del Bosque’s 23-man squad for the upcoming international break ply their trade in their homeland.
Negredo was chosen for La Roja’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad, but failed to make the final cut. With David Villa retiring and Fernando Torres out of form and favour, Negredo has a chance to cement a position as Spain’s no.1 striker.
And although money is seldom an issue for Madrid and Florentino Perez, Negredo would be a more financially astute signing that Radamel Falcao. Few can turn down Madrid if they came calling, and given Negredo’s quality, it is only a matter of time.