Alvaro Negredo: Striker to undergo Manchester City medical

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Negredo, 27, is expected in Manchester imminently, possibly as early as Thursday, to finalise the deal.

He joins former Sevilla team-mate Jesus Navas in new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s reshaped squad, along with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fernandinho.

Fiorentina attacker Stevan Jovetic could be City’s next summer purchase.

Alvaro Negredo

  • Born: Madrid, 20 August, 1985
  • Nickname: La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas)
  • Clubs: Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Almeria, Sevilla
  • International: Spain – 14 caps, six goals

The 23-year-old is rated at around £28m, and has previously attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.

But Negredo will be the first deal across the line as City spend big in the transfer market to try and win back the Premier League title they lost to arch-rivals United last season.

The former Real Madrid player said he was looking forward to taking his career to the next stage at a farewell press conference in Seville.

“For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was over here,” the forward, who scored 26 La Liga goals last season, said.

Ex-Sevilla winger Navas, 27, sealed a £14.9m transfer on a four-year deal earlier this summer and Negredo said he was looking forward to reuniting with his former team-mate.

“I am happy to be spending another year with him,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sevilla revealed in a statement that Negredo was joining City.

Club president Jose Maria del Nido said: “Manchester City are buying a great player, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga.

“This is a big deal for Sevilla, the second most important in our history after we sold (now-Barcelona full-back) Daniel Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life.

“Everyone should be happy – it is a great deal for all three parties.”

Negredo has won 14 international caps, scoring six goals, and was part of Spain’s victorious Euro 2012 squad.

Sevilla have also sold playmaker Luis Alberto to Liverpool, full-back Antonio Luna to Aston Villa, and midfielder Jose Campana to Crystal Palace.

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