Manchester City are reportedly eyeing Sevilla’s Jesus Navas – though doubts remain as to whether he would be willing to make the move, according to ESPN.
Reports in the English press suggest that the recently deposed Premier League champions are ready to activate a £27million release clause in the player’s contract.
Though the club are currently without a manager following the sacking of Roberto Mancini earlier this week, director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano are believed to be spearheading their recruitment drive.
Their extensive knowledge of the Spanish leagues is a key reason behind the club’s moves to sign Navas, though there is no guarantee the 27-year-old would be willing to move to England.
The Spain international has suffered from chronic homesickness in the past, to the extent that he often refused to go on pre-season tours with Sevilla and briefly retired from international football.
The condition also caused him to turn down a move to Chelsea in 2006 and is believed to have put off Arsenal from making a move to sign him last summer.
Navas has been receiving treatment and was able to return to the international scene, playing for Spain at last summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
However, it remains to be seen whether it has improved sufficiently for him to make a long-term move to another country.
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