Negredo on verge of City move
Sevilla have announced that striker Alvaro Negredo has agreed to sign for Manchester City, subject to a medical.
New City coach Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed his desire to strengthen his attacking options following the departures of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, and Spain forward Negredo, 27, is now set to complete a switch to the Etihad Stadium.
Sevilla released a short statement on their official website on Wednesday evening, confirming the deal and announcing that Negredo would say goodbye to the club and his team-mates in a ceremony at the stadium at 19.30 CET, before the squad departs for their tour of South America.
Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season, said on the club's official website: "I think in football there are stages. For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was here over. I am happy to go to a big team."
He paid an emotional tribute to Sevilla for "four fantastic years" and added: "For me this will be my home for a lifetime."
But he revealed he was relishing the chance to link up again with Jesus Navas, who has already moved to the Etihad from the Andalucian club. He said: "I am happy to be spending another year with him."
Earlier, president Jose Maria del Nido had confirmed a deal was close.
“We are about to complete the sale of the player and, if everything goes ahead as expected, he will soon say goodbye to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan,” Del Nido told the media at a press conference reported on his club’s official website.
“Manchester City will buy a great player, the top Spanish goalscorer in La Liga. Sevilla is involved in a major transfer operation, the second largest in the club’s history after Dani Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life.
“Everyone should be happy. It is a good piece of business for all three parties.”
The deal is reported to be worth around €25 million up front, with a further €3 million in potential add-ons.