Manchester City sign Alvaro Negredo subject to medical

Seville have announced that they have reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign Spain striker Alvaro Negredo with the deal subject to a medical.

Reports in recent weeks have claimed that City were keen on Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season, and it seem that the club have finally gotten their man with the club agreeing a fee believed to be €24.5 million for the striker.

Having sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus earlier in the summer City were on the lookout for a striker and had been linked with a host of players including Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

News of the Negredo transfer was first revealed by Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido, who revealed that the deal was great for all parties involved.

He said: “Manchester City are buying a great player, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga. This is a big deal for Sevilla, the second most important in our history after we sold (now-Barcelona full-back) Daniel Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life.

“Everyone should be happy; it is a great deal for all three parties.”

While there has been no official announcement from City at this point Sevilla have already held a farewell press conference for their star striker on Wednesday evening with Negredo telling the club’s official website “I think in football there are stages. For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was here over.

“I am happy to go to a big team.”

The move to Etihad will see Negredo link up with former team-mate Jesus Navas who joined City earlier in the summer and the former Almeria star was looking forward to linking up with a familiar face adding “I am happy to be spending another year with him.”

Negredo will link up another former La Liga striker in the shape of Sergio Aguero, with the duo tipped to form a deadly partnership although his arrival could place doubts over the future of Edin Dzeko who looks set for another bit-part season from the City bench.

The UEFA European Championship winner has been capped 14 times by Spain scoring six goals and is set to become the third signing of the summer for City following in the footsteps of the big money deals for Navas and Brazilian midfield star Fernandinho.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.