As transfer deadline day arrives, Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo is being linked with a move to La Liga’s Valencia, reports Sky Sports. The Spanish international is thought to favour the chance to return to his homeland, after becoming frustrated during his debut season in England.
Negredo led a successful campaign last year in terms of his statistics, but he has become frustrated with his role as a back-up striker with the Sky Blues. The forward netted 23 times in 49 appearances for City last year, but lost form and opportunities at the back-end of the campaign. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are often selected ahead of Negredo, but at Valencia he will be given top billing.
The striker is currently injured, however, and could be out of action until the end of this year. That could affect the transfer, perhaps driving down the player’s asking price. Another possibility, however, is that Negredo will be loaned out to Valencia this summer, and the Spanish side will be given the chance to sign him permanently next year.
Should Negredo leave City on deadline day, then it is expected that the Premier League champions will replace him with another high-profile forward. Manuel Pellegrini has maintained his desire to have 2 internationals for every position, and without Negredo he will have a vacancy within that system. Dzeko and Aguero will be challenged by Stevan Jovetic, but the squad will require another front-man.