After completing deals for Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, Manchester City look to sign Manuel Pellegrini
A new manager is expected to be appointed imminently
Wednesday 12 June 2013
Manchester City's next signing is expected to be that of Manuel Pellegrini as manager after Jesus Navas was confirmed as their second summer arrival.
City have completed a deal, understood to be worth an initial £14.9million, to acquire the 27-year-old winger from Spanish club Sevilla on a four-year contract.
The Navas capture follows that of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk last week, taking the club's close season outlay near to £45million.
Both of those deals had been long anticipated, as is the appointment of 59-year-old Pellegrini as Roberto Mancini's successor.
Negotiations with Pellegrini have been ongoing since the Chilean left his post at Malaga last week but despite what has appeared a delay, his installation at the Etihad Stadium is still thought a formality.
City are embarking on a summer of restructure after regressing since winning the Barclays Premier League in 2012.
The club continue to be linked heavily with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Malaga playmaker Isco.
Navas will add to the array of attacking talent already at the club.
Sevilla announced his move to City last week but with the player away on international duty, it took time to arrange a medical and complete formalities.
That was done in New York, where Spain were playing a friendly against the Republic of Ireland ahead of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Navas told the club's website, http://www.mcfc.co.uk: "Manchester City is an exciting project and this is the right moment for me to take this step. I'm very happy with the opportunity and the decision.
"I'm going to a great club in England and I want to continue developing my game there.
"The club has put a lot of faith in me and I want to repay them out on the pitch."
Navas was a member of the triumphant Spain squads at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
He has spent his entire career to date with Sevilla, with whom he won the UEFA Cup twice.
He had problems with homesickness in his younger days, which curtailed his international prospects, but those issues are now firmly in the past.
When asked how he would adapt to life in Manchester, he said: "I think I will be fine.
"I love what I do, which is to play football. For me the most important thing is to be able to enjoy it as much as possible because we have a great squad."
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