Real Madrid make Negredo enquiry

The Champions League winners are considering a move for the Manchester City striker should a deal for Radamel Falcao fail to materialise, while Valencia are also keen
By Paul Clennam

Real Madrid have contacted Manchester City enquiring about the availability of striker Alvaro Negredo, Goal understands.

Alberto Pinero | Goal Spain

Nothing Real Madrid have said publicly suggests they consider themselves in need of a new striker, despite selling Alvaro Morata to Juventus this summer.

Alvaro Negredo also departed Santiago Bernabeu on bad terms, after being brought back from Almeria and sold to Sevilla in the blink of an eye in the summer of 2009.

Valencia seem a more realistic option at this stage, given that Los Che are in the market for a pure No.9 and Negredo would be undisputed first choice at Estadio Mestalla.

That said, the potential departures of Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira would leave Carlo Ancelotti with just 20 senior players in his first-team squad, and the Italian has already stated publicly that he wants 22 in his final group.
The Spanish giants are in the market for a centre-forward to provide competition to Karim Benzema and are considering alternative options should Radamel Falcao's proposed switch to Santiago Bernabeu fail to materialise.

Negredo, who City value at €25 million, began last season in devastating fashion but lost his scoring touch after the turn of the year and failed to find the back of the net during the final four months of the campaign.

The Spaniard subsequently missed out on a place on Spain's World Cup squad and a broken metatarsal suffered in pre-season against Dundee is likely to see him ruled out until September.

Negredo, who faces competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic for a starting spot at City, has also been attracting strong interest from Madrid's Liga rivals Valencia.

Goal understands that, as a result of the striker's family ties in Valencia, he would be open to a move to Estadio Mestalla although a late intervention from Madrid, who are being asked to be kept abreast of developments, could be decisive.

The 29-year-old, who had a spell with the Real Madrid B team earlier in his career before being offloaded to Almeria, would be open to a return to Spain and Carlo Ancelotti's side will likely be unperturbed by City's asking price.

Madrid are also set to free up funds from the sale of Manchester United target Angel Di Maria in the coming days, with Ancelotti revealing on Thursday that the Argentina international has asked to leave the club.