Man City agree €25m Negredo deal

The Premier League runners-up make a breakthrough in their pursuit of the forward, with personal terms now set to be discussed, as they swoop for him and Stevan Jovetic
By Paul Clennam

Manchester City have agreed a €25 million plus add-ons deal with Sevilla for striker Alvaro Negredo.

Terms between the clubs were ratified on Tuesday morning before the 27-year-old left the Spanish side's pre-season training camp in Costa Ballena. City officials are set to finalise personal terms with the forward in the next 24 hours.

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Negredo, who was targeted by City after the Premier League side baulked at Napoli's €63m asking price for Edinson Cavani, as well as the Uruguayan's €287,000-a-week salary demands, is set to see his salary doubled to around €86,000-a-week.

Sevilla could receive a further €3m in performance-related bonuses on top of the €25m fee paid by City up front, after protracted talks between club officials reached an end.

City have forged a strong relationship with the Spanish outfit this summer following Jesus Navas's €22m move to the Etihad Stadium earlier in July and were given indications that an agreement was close after Sevilla confirmed the signing of Colombian Carlos Bacca from Club Brugge on Thursday.

Bacca will serve as Negredo's replacement under coach Unai Emery, who admitted on Saturday that Negredo was "likely to leave" the club.

The agreement to sign Negredo comes 24 hours after the €27m deal was agreed between City and Fiorentina for attacker Stevan Jovetic.

It is understood that an official announcement over both signings could from the club on Saturday or Sunday, with City's summer spending set to top £90m, following the signings of Navas and Shakhtar midfielder Fernandinho in June.