Manchester City have been given hope in their pursuit of Alvaro Negredo after Sevilla manager Unai Emery said it is “best for everyone” the striker goes and that he will probably leave the Spanish club.
Negredo is City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s top forward target after scoring 25 goals in La Liga last season.
Pellegrini has made bolstering his attack his main priority in the transfer market after Carlos Tevez’s move to Juventus left him with just two senior strikers, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.
City have already signed winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla while the club seem to have signed a replacement for Negredo in Colombian striker Jesus Bacca.
And Emery said at a press conference: "The most likely situation is that he will leave.
"It's possible the club can't reach an agreement for him, but we are prepared, we have spent some time working on alternatives.
"Of course we're not going to find a player with the same characteristics as him or one who is going to have the same record, but we will find players who will be important to the future of this club, and I trust the work the club is doing in that area."
Sevilla’s financial situation may mean they could not refuse an offer for Spain international Negredo.
Emery added: "The cards are on the table. Negredo is a very important player to Sevilla and he could continue to be one, either by staying here or by earning the club a big transfer fee.
"We know he could leave, but it would be the best for everyone. The club would be able to meet its financial obligations, and although we would lose a key player, we need to be reasonable, like we were in the case of Navas. Our aim is to produce new players that can reach the same heights [as Negredo and Navas]."