Manchester City agree fee with Sevilla for Spain international Jesus Navas
Manchester City have begun their new era under Manuel Pellegrini by securing a deal to sign Jesús Navas from Sevilla for what is thought to be an initial £17m.
Agreeing personal terms with Navas, a member of the Spain squad competing in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, appears a formality. The right-winger has said: “I want to win titles. City is a team I like a lot.”
The fee is expected to rise to £23 million, depending on appearances. Sevilla manager Unai Emery said of the 27-year-old’s departure: “It is the best thing for Navas and for the club.”
A statement on the Sevilla website read: “Sevilla FC has accepted the offer of the English club, taking into account the will of the player, and he will undergo a medical.”
The signing will demonstrate how City are hoping to evolve their style following the decision to replace Roberto Mancini with outgoing Malaga coach Pellegrini.
Mancini favoured a more compact system, his wide men tending to drift inside. Navas is a more orthodox winger. He has won 23 caps since breaking into the Spain side and was part of the successful World Cup and Euro 2012-winning squads.
City will have been reassured that the panic attacks he suffered when away from Seville, which delayed his international career, have been overcome.
Pellegrini’s arrival is still to be confirmed by City, though he has said his farewells to Malaga.
The Chilean is to have a square in Malaga named after him following his successful three-year stint at the club, the local authority said yesterday. The square, near Malaga’s Rosaleda stadium, will be officially named at a ceremony on Thursday.