City must meet Negredo price
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido is still hoping to keep
hold of star striker Alvaro Negredo and has told any interested
parties they will only get the Spain international if they meet his
Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season, has
indicated he would like to leave Sevilla this summer and Manchester
City are reportedly among those clubs looking to prise the
27-year-old away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Del Nido said there has been some progress on talks but has
dismissed speculation that City, who last month signed Spain winger
Jesus Navas from the Andalusian club, are closing in on a deal for
the prolific forward.
According to reports in Spain this weekend, City were preparing
a 23million euros (Â£19.9m) offer for Negredo.
He said: “With Negredo there has been progress but we are far
from reaching an agreement. Right now it’s further away than it was
at the time with Atletico Madrid.
“Sevilla have put an evaluation on Negredo and either Sevilla
are paid what they’re asking for or he stays for another three
“I’m not saying the price that’s been put on him. The ideal
thing would be that he remains in Sevilla and renews for another
Del Nido added: “We are in no hurry. We are in a better
situation than a month ago and we’ve shown that with the signings
that we’ve made.”
Sevilla are travelling to South America for a pre-season tour
later this week and as things stand Del Nido expects Negredo to be
part of the travelling party.
“There’s no possibility that he won’t get on the plane for the
tour, save for things being close (on a transfer) and that’s not
the case,” he said.
“Right now Negredo has the same chance as (coach Unai) Emery and
(goalkeeper) Beto of travelling to South America.”