Man City move imminent as Navas confirms Sevilla exit
Jesus Navas’ proposed move to Manchester City appears to be edging closer after Sevilla coach Unai Emery admitted the forward is likely to leave this summer.
Navas is being pursued by City, with recent reports suggesting that incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini wants the 27-year-old to become the first signing of his tenure.
Backed by the wealth of Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Pellegrini will be tasked with reclaiming the Premier League title they surrendered to fierce rivals Manchester United.
And the Chilean coach will be supported in the transfer market as he looks to recruit fresh faces in an attempt to boost City’s title hopes, as well as improve their chances of Champions League success.
Navas is high on the list of targets and Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Saturday that City officials have arrived in Seville to discuss a deal that will see the Spain international complete a move to the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking after Sevilla’s final game of the season – in which they secured a 4-3 win over Valencia – Emery admitted that it was likely to be Navas’ last game for his boyhood club. The scenes following the victory, which saw Navas applauded by the crowd and tossed in the air by teammates also provided a strong indication of his impending departure.
“Everything indicates that he will leave,” Emery said. “It’s better for everyone.
“He should continue his career in England. Manchester City are very interested.”
A move to City certainly seems to excite Navas, who earlier this month revealed it would be a “dream” to play for the Citizens.
"You can be excited when you are there and you dream, but we are going to wait until the season ends and for summer to come to see what happens," Navas said. "We would have to see if both clubs could come to an agreement."
While Sevilla are keen for their star player and fans hero to stay, Emery admitted that the precarious financial positions of the majority of La Liga clubs means it has become necessary for prized assets to be sold.
"At the moment Sevilla, like all the teams except Madrid and Barcelona, need to sell," he said. "All of them. From Atletico Madrid with [Radamel] Falcao, Valencia, Malaga, Sevilla. We must fit ourselves to the current reality of football."