Man City Move to Sign Sevilla Striker Alvaro Negredo Stalls as La Liga Side Demand £20m for Spanish International

Etihad Stadium told to pay asking price if they want La Liga ace.

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Sevilla have told Manchester City that they will have increase their offer in order to sign striker Alvaro Negredo this summer according to

Club president Jose Maria del has reiterated that the 27-year-old forward was not be sold for anything less than the asking price – understood to be around £20million.

New City boss Manuel Pellegrini was hopeful of completing the deal along with that of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic within the next few days.

However del Nido has declared that the chances of the transfer happening is as low as ‘one per cent’ with the two clubs struggling to come to an agreement over a fee.

“We are far from reaching a deal with City,” he told reporters. “Right now they are further away than where we were at [in negotiations] with Atletico Madrid. There have been advances but we are still far from a deal.

“Sevilla have valued the player at a certain amount and that will vary depending on if it’s a fixed sum or with variables. Either they pay what we ask, or the player stays with Sevilla for another three years.

“The chance that he goes right now is one per cent. In the last 15 days I have lowered the price by €0, I’m very generous.

“The substitute for Negredo is Negredo. For me the best thing is that he renews his deal for another two years and raises his [release] clause.”

After losing out on main transfer target Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain, the Spanish international forward had moved to the top of Pellegrini’s wish list.

But it now looks likely that Negredo will spend another campaign at the Ramon Sachez Pizjuan with the Premier League side unwilling to match Sevilla’s valuation for a player with such a low resale value.

Negredo, who netted 25 times last season, is expected to travel with the Spanish side to South America for the side’s pre-season tour later this week according to the 56-year-old owner.

“There’s no possibility that he won’t get on the plane for the tour, save for things being close on the transfer front and that’s not the case,” he said.

“Right now Negredo has the same has the same chance as Unai Emery and (goalkeeper) Beto and of travelling to South America.”

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