Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has moved to squash rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League, stating he is happy at current club Valencia.
Negredo joined the La Liga side from City on loan last summer with a permanent move to follow, however following a underwhelming first season where he notched just six goals in 33 appearances, it was reported Valencia were desperate to offload him.
The Spanish side had sounded out Arsenal and Liverpool, as a potential loan move for the player. However talking to the press, the 29-year-old still believes he has a future at his current club and has not been told his future lies elsewhere.
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He said: “From the first day after last season ended my mind has been focused on Valencia. I want to work and continue developing. My plan is to stay and nobody has said I’m not in their plans. At the end of the day the club decides and they choose who they want and who they don’t.
"But nobody has said to me they don’t want me. I'm really happy and relaxed and I want to give Valencia the best of myself. They've just exercised the purchase option and it would be strange, but in football anything can happen.”
The purchase option surrounding his move to Valencia will see the Spanish club pay £10 million this summer followed by another £10m next summer, and and following a disappointing campaign the Spanish club were reportedly ready to cut their losses.
Negredo made an impressive start to his solitary season at the Etihad, scoring 23 goals up to January 21, but following a shoulder injury the Spanish international failed to find the back of the net and fell down the pecking order.
Arsenal are yet to add to their striking department this summer but have once again been heavily linked with a move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. Gunners fans were also extremely excited by a recent instagram post by the French star.
Negredo would prove a cheaper option then any of the strikers mentioned, but with the recent revelation that Arsenal have a £200m transfer kitty, cheap is not an option Arsenal need to look at.
If Negredo could rediscover the form that led him to have such a successful half a season in Manchester then he could prove a suitable back up to first choice striker Olivier Giroud in the coming season.
Liverpool have themselves been busy in the transfer market, adding a number of forwards to their squad. Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino have come on, while Divock Origi has returned from his loan at Lille, so a deal for Negredo would seem highly unlikely. But with Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini heading for the exit door, it could happen.
Liverpool and Arsenal fans, would Negredo be a good signing or a waste of time? Have your say below!
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