Valencia have made an enquiry to bring Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo back to Spain, according to reports in Marca.
Negredo, who only signed from Sevilla for £20 million last season, ended the season without a goal in 16 matches, despite a solid start.
Negredo currently injured
The striker, nicknamed 'The Beast' for his imposing frame, had bagged 23 goals by January, only to fail to find the net for the remainder of the season in a run which ultimately cost him a place in Spain's World Cup squad.
Any deal though, may have to put on hold until he recovers from an injury he picked up during pre-season.
The Spaniard broke his fifth metatarsal bone, which will rule him out for 'a few months', which may delay his move until the winter transfer window.
With Edin Dzeko set to sign a new long-term contract at the club, and Stevan Jovetic recovering from his injuries it appears that 'The Beast' has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad, and may return to his homeland
Negredo wants to say
Negredo, who was a fan favourite due to his direct playing style, has apparently made it clear that he does not want to leave Manchester.
City need to fall in line with Premier and Champions League squad limits, and Negredo may fall into the category, along with the already departed Javi Garcia and soon to be Nemanja Nastasic, of players who will be shown the exit door.
His latest injury though, which may rule him out until late October, could buy the big striker some time to prove himself at the club he started so well at.
Number one target
However, a return to Spain and subsequent first team football could be an attractive offer for both Man City and the player.
If reports are to be believed, new Valencia owner Peter Lim, has reportedly made Negredo his number one target..
Money is no longer an issue for the Spanish side, after the Singaporean businessman took over the club and wiped the debts which were near the £100 million mark.
If they can match the £25 million price tag that City have placed on the forward, then he could be on his way sooner rather than later.
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