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City edge ahead in Alvaro Negredo chase

ESPN staff
July 4, 2013
Alvaro Negredo could be heading for Manchester City © AP

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo could be set for a move to Manchester City, despite recent reports suggesting that he would become an Atletico Madrid player by the end of the week.

Speaking at the presentation of new signing Victor Marchin, Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said he had run out of patience with the Madrid club over their failure to agree a fee, adding: "Right now, there is a 0% chance that Negredo will sign for Atletico."

Although the Atletico move has stalled, Del Nido has said 27-year-old Negredo - who netted 25 league goals last season - is not short of admirers, and AS has reported that the club are in talks with City director of football Txiki Begiristain.

"There are two teams in the United Kingdom that are very interested in taking Negredo, and he could be on his way," he said.

AS said City manager Manuel Pellegrini had been eager to sign Negredo for Malaga last season and has urged his new club to do everything possible to bring him to Manchester.

It is understood Negredo, who grew up in Madrid, had been keen to head to the Vicente Calderon, and the latest developments are more frustration for manager Diego Simeone, who has already missed out on signing Jeremy Toulalan.

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