Manchester City tend to be prolific movers in the transfer window and this could be a big summer over at the Etihad Stadium. City look to have already started their summer spending spree by recruiting Jesus Navas from Sevilla, subject to a medical, for a fee rumoured to be around the £17m mark.
Navas is a right winger with a blistering turn of pace. He was also a part of the successful Spain World Cup 2010 squad and victorious European Championship party two years later. The 27-year-old also played an integral part in the Sevilla team that won the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007. However, for all his pace and direct running, Navas has been criticized in La Liga for his lack of goals. He has found the net just 23 times in 285 league appearances.
The imminent signing of Navas will surely get a few knees trembling in the City squad, especially with the cut-throat atmosphere that money brings to any environment.
However, with former Barcelona executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain overseeing the club’s business in the transfer window this season, expect more movement to come as City continue to rebuild after losing the title to Manchester United.
Also, as Pellegrini looks to be set to take the City hot seat, speculation has gathered speed that the ex-Malaga boss will be looking to raid his old club for stars such as midfield maestro Isco.
Already City’s summer transfer business has seen them converting to a more Iberian theme at the club and with Soriano and Begiristain on board it looks certain that Pellegrini will come in and play a Barcelona-esque 4-3-3 formation.
However, as change continues at City there will have to be casualties. Already out of the door at the Etihad are Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure and Wayne Bridge, which will free up a hefty chunk on this year’s wage bill.
The £20m raised from the transfer of Mario Balotelli to Milan in January looks to have already been spent on Navas. But it is now also looking like the Sky Blues are hoping to off-load striker Edin Dzeko in order to free up more cash according to the Mirror.
Three of last season’s under-performers, Samir Nasri, Maicon and Aleksandar Kolarov, could see their respective deals cut short. The form of Pablo Zabaleta has meant Maicon failed to impress this year and if Isco and Navas are to come in, that could open the exit door for Nasri, with Paris Saint-Germain being long-term admirers of the Frenchman.
City’s owners do not take kindly to defeat, as shown by the sacking of Roberto Mancini, and they have looked to Spain for their new direction, in the hope they can capitalise on the changing of the guard at Old Trafford.
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