Jesus Navas Set To Become First Manchester City Signing Of The Manuel Pellegrini Era

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Deal all but done for Sevilla winger to join City.

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The Guardian are reporting that the transfer of Jesus Navas from Sevilla to Manchester City for £17million is a done deal.

The Spanish winger has been linked strongly with City as incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini reportedly placed him high on his list of priority signings for this summer.

The 27-year-old, who has been with boyhood club Sevilla his whole career, will cost an initial fee of £17million, which could rise to £24million with add-ons.

Navas has 23 caps for the Spanish national team, but has been held back in his career due to a well-documented problem with homesickness. However, he seems set to put that aside to play under Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium next season.

The Spaniard is a pacey and tricky out-and-out winger who likes to hug the touch line and whip in crosses, which should give City a more direct option than their current attackers like Samir Nasri and James Milner.

After Sevilla’s final game of the season in La Liga, Navas virtually confirmed the move as he and his manager said he would be leaving the club.

Sevilla boss Unai Emery admitted: “All the signs are that Navas will leave. It is the best thing for Navas and for the club.”

Navas himself added: “I am open to anything and I want to win titles. City is a team I like a lot.”

All that awaits now is an official confirmation from Manchester City, which could come later today.

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