Pellegrini in £50m strike for Negredo and Jovetic
MANCHESTER CITY are on the verge of a mammoth £50million striker swoop that Manuel Pellegrini believes can wrestle them back the Premier League title.
City have finally made the breakthrough in negotiations with Sevilla and are set to wrap up a £21.5m deal for Spain hitman Alvaro Negredo.
And Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic is also on the verge of joining the Blues in a £28m deal.
It will take City’s summer spending close to the £100m mark, following the captures of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho and Sevilla wide-man Jesus Navas.
City have been in the market for attacking reinforcements after flogging Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in the space of six months.
That left Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as the only two senior frontmen at the Etihad Stadium.
Negredo, 27, has ignited his career in a four-year stint at Sevilla, banging in 70 goals in 139 appearances.
Montenegro international Jovetic, 23, has been a regular for Fiorentina for four years and is proven at Champions League level.
The two arrivals will give City the kind of firepower that Pellegrini believes will match the attacking options available to David Moyes at champions and bitter rivals Manchester United.
Pellegrini could also renew his interest in Real Madrid defender Pepe after being rebuffed in his attempts to sign the Portuguese centre-back earlier this summer.
Now Real have hinted they may listen to offers for the 30-year-old and City could bid £18m.
That could have an impact on Joleon Lescott’s future, with the defender set for talks with director of football Txiki Begiristain.
City are also looking to sort out a new deal for defender Micah Richards.
Pellegrini is hammering his players during their pre-season trip to South Africa, with the Blues grafting their way through three sessions a day.