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Sevilla accept offer for Navas

Manchester City have agreed a fee with Sevilla to sign midfielder Jesus Navas

Sevilla winger Jesus Navas is on the brink of joining Manchester City, after his Spanish club confirmed they had agreed a deal with the Premier League side for their 27-year-old Spanish international that could be worth as much as £24 million.

Jesus Navas
Jesus Navas seems set to be Manuel Pellegrini's first signing at Manchester City

Navas had stated publicly that he was eager to joining City this summer as they prepare to put the finishing touches to a deal that will see outgoing Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini succeed Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.

Now it seems Navas will be the first big-name arrival in what is set to be a busy summer at City, with Sevilla confirming they have reached agreement with the Manchester club to sell their star asset.

"Jesus Navas leaves Seville for Manchester City," read a statement on their club website. "Sevilla accepted an offer from the English club on Monday, taking into account the desire of the player, who will now have to pass a medical.

"Jesus wants to continue his successful career in English football, more specifically at a club where he can continue to grow as a player, as already stated publicly on several occasions in recent months."

The statement went on to hail Navas as a Sevilla idol and lavished praise on the departing hero, who will cost City an initial £17m in a deal that is laced with a variety of add-ons that should swell the Sevilla coffers in the coming years.

His move to City will end Navas’ 12-year association with his local club, while it will fuel speculation that Pellegrini is planning a big overhaul of the squad he is set to inherit from Mancini.


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