Manchester City are competing with another Madrid club over another Spanish hot shot. And this time, they will hope they fare better than they did in their transfer war over Isco with Real Madrid.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Sevilla’s Spanish international striker, Alvaro Negredo, was headed to Atletico Madrid, who are flash for cash and need a striker after selling Falcao to Monaco.
But now it seems that City are ready to hijack the deal, after identifying Negredo as the man to replace their own departed South American forward, Carlos Tevez.
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has reportedly grown frustrated with his transfer wrangling with Atletico, and says that Negredo is now “on his way” to the Premier League.
“Right now, there is a 0% chance that Negredo will sign for Atletico,” he said.
“There are two teams in the United Kingdom that are very interested in taking Negredo, and he could be on his way.”
Spanish daily AS has reported that Manchester City’s Spanish technical director, Txiki Begiristain, has already held talks with Sevilla, and that manager Manuel Pellegrini tried to sign Negredo for Malaga last season.
And so it seems likely that Negredo will soon be turning out at the Etihad, although his personal preference was reportedly to play at the Vicente Calderon.
Meanwhile, Atletico appear all dressed up with nowhere to go.
With so much money to spend and Champions League football to offer, manager Diego Simeone must have thought his transfer business would be smooth sailing.
But thus far he has missed out on two major targets in Negredo and French international Jeremy Toulalan, leading to frustration at the Calderon.