Wednesday, 12 June 2013

JESUS NAVAS SIGNS BUT MANCHESTER CITY IN BATTLE TO KEEP CARLOS TEVEZ


ABOVE: New Manchester City star Jesus Navas
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I like Carlos a lot because he’s a nasty player
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AC Milan VP Adriano Galliani
12th June 2013

By Jeremy Cross

MANCHESTER CITY have completed the £15m signing of Spain winger Jesus Navas from Seville.

But new boss Manuel Pellegrini is facing a losing battle to keep Carlos Tevez.
The striker is entering the final 12 months of his contract at the Etihad – but City have made no moves to offer him a new deal, leaving his future up in the air.
Pellegrini wants Tevez to stay and will have talks with him once he is confirmed as City boss this week.
But Tevez is a target of Juventus and now fellow Italian giants AC Milan have re-entered the race to sign him.
The Rossoneri tried but failed to land Tevez last season after his infamous bust-up with then boss Roberto Mancini.
Juventus are struggling to meet his wage demands but Milan insist matching his current £200,000-aweek deal would not be a problem.
Vice-president Adriano Galliani said: “I like Carlos a lot because he’s a nasty player.
“His wages? There will be no problems with Tevez.”
Tevez, 29, is keeping his options open but has told friends he would like a new challenge in Europe.
He knows he holds all the aces considering he could see out his deal with City and leave for nothing next summer.
Losing Tevez would be a blow to Pellegrini with both Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero also facing uncertain futures.
Chelsea are keen on Dzeko while Real Madrid are also weighing up a bid for Aguero.
It will pile the pressure on Pellegrini to break the bank and land Napoli star Edinson Cavani.
But he landed his second target of the summer – following the £30m arrival of Fernandinho – when Navas completed a successful medical in New York.
The 27-year-old, who has spent all his career at Seville, will link up with City after the Confederations Cup in Brazil and a holiday.
He said: “Manchester City is an exciting project and this is the right moment for me to take this step. I’m very happy with the decision.
“The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast and will suit the way I play. I’m really looking forward to it.”
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