This latest deadline-day twist comes courtesy of the Daily Mail’s head of sport, Lee Clayton, who tweeted earlier this afternoon: “Just had a call to say don't rule out Arsenal and Negredo.”
Before adding: “But City surely won't sell there and he and family keen to return to Spain.”
Negredo set for Man City exit
Negredo has been strongly linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium over the last few days, but is currently recovering from a broken foot.
The 29-year-old Spain international was expected to join either Valencia or Real Madrid if Manchester City secured the services of AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao; however, City’s local rivals Manchester United have won the race to sign the world-class Colombia international, leaving Negredo’s future up in the air.
Negredo, who joined City from Sevilla for a fee of around £16.4 million last summer, enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with the reigning Premier League champions, scoring 23 goals in 48 appearances.
Negredo down the pecking order at City
However, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have both flourished in Negredo’s absence, while Sergio Aguero remains the club’s first-choice striker. This means that Negredo, when he returns from injury, may find himself reduced to the role of fourth-choice forward at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal, though, could offer him a starting role with Olivier Giroud out of action until January with an ankle injury.
Wenger under pressure to sign new striker
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger is under pressure to sign another forward before the transfer window closes at 11pm this evening, but has told reporters that Arsenal’s business may already be done for this summer.
Arsenal have seen a number of their striker targets join opposition clubs, including Radamel Falcao - who is on the brink of securing a move to Manchester United - and Loic Remy, who has joined Chelsea.
Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is also a target, but the England international is expected to complete a move to Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham before the transfer window closes this evening.
Wenger insists that Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell are all capable of playing in the centre-forward position - along with the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo - but the Gunners’ supporters were left even more convinced that their team requires a Giroud replacement following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City.
Negredo is a similar striker to Giroud: powerful, good in the air and technically sound. But can Arsenal get a deal done in time?
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