Manchester City Close In On £30m Double Striker Swoop

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Manchester City are closing in on the double signing of Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo and Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo for a reported £30million, claim the Daily Express.

New manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bolster his striking options this summer, following the exit of Carlos Tevez to Juventus earlier this window, and has identified Osvaldo, 27, and Negredo, 27, as the ideal front-men to send Manchester City back to domestic glory.

Negredo, who has been capped 14 times by Spain, has been linked with a move to City this summer, with the club reportedly closing in on a £20million deal for the Sevilla forward, write the Guardian. Scoring 31 goals in all competitions last year in Spain, Negredo has attracted the interest of Everton and Tottenham this summer, and the Spanish club rejected a £14.5million bidd from West Ham for their star man. Sevilla have already done business with City this summer already, sending winger Jesus Navas to the Etihad Stadium.

Osvaldo’s future at Roma is in doubt as the forward is in search of a new challenge away from Italy, with both City and Tottenham interested in acquiring the Italian international. Roma cheif Walter Sabatini has flown to England this week, offering his player to numerous Premier League clubs, including Southampton, for £10million. Roma are reluctant to budge on the fee.

Southampton are looking to add to their striking options this summer to safely avoid the drop next season, and have lined up Osvaldo and Leandro Damiao as potential signings. Tottenham and Manchester City were too interested in Damiao at one stage, but were put off by the £21million asking price.

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