Real Zaragoza striker Helder Postiga is on Sevilla’s radar for next season, according to Diario de Sevilla.
The Portuguese has already told relegated Zaragoza that he is not prepared to play in La Segunda next term and Sevilla boss Unai Emery is keen to bring him to the Sanchez Pizjuan, particularly since there is mounting speculation Alvaro Negredo could be sold to ease the club’s financial crisis.
Emery wants two recognised goalscorers for the 2012-13 campaign and it is reported Sevilla have already made contact with Postiga, scorer of 13 goals last term, with director of football Monchi having outlined the club’s project.
The 29-year-old still has a year left on his contract at La Romareda but relegation has put paid to any possibility of remaining with Zaragoza, and a few weeks ago his agent Jorge Mendes confirmed Sevilla was one of his possible destinations.
There has also been interest from the Premier League and if the Portuguese international decides to try his luck in England, then the Andalusians may well turn to another striker from a relegated team – Deportivo La Coruna’s Riki, a player Emery has acknowledged is under consideration.
Jose Maria del Nido has admitted that Manchester City’s price for Jesus Navas is better than expected.
Navas is set to complete a transfer to City this week, having agreed terms on a move said be worth between €23m and €28m to Sevilla, depending on reports.
“I think the deal that the club has made and that the player has made is great for both parties,” reflected Del Nido to reporters today.
“He privately and then publicly expressed that he would be leaving, he wanted to reach other targets, believing that his cycle with Sevilla was over, having contributed all that he had to offer.
“The price at which Sevilla has sold Jesus Navas is the football market today.
“We have sold him for an amount much higher than we thought they were going to offer, especially since there was only one bidder.
“And in the current situation in which we are in football and then the market, we have received a cash deal.
“It was a painful operation for the club, do not think we are smiling. He cried when he left me and I burst into tears, because I have known him since he was 15.
“We’ve been through many times, one of the few that I can say I have acted like a father to, through bad times, through good times and through very good.”
Sevilla are seen as needing to sell this summer to service a €50m debt, but Del Nido indicated that no-one else will be sold unless a big offer comes in.
“There are a number of variables per player and also some contractual. We have no need to sell.
“But our project has always been known that when an off-market offer for a player comes in, we sell them.
“Who are we going to sell? All the offers that have arrived have been rejected.
“Negredo? He has four years left on his contract. He is at home here. He has scored goals in a cluster, has delighted us with his football, has shown that he is a great player.
“The summer will determine if he stays with us or not. If you ask my opinion, I’d rather an off-market bid doesn’t arrive.
“When he scored his 16th goal of the season against Athletic, West Ham offered €17m in cash plus three incentives. We did not appreciate that offer and the player refused.”
Navas insists he never had any second thoughts about choosing to join City - a decision he says he made some time ago.
Sevilla confirmed last night they had accepted an offer from City for the 27-year-old Spain winger, with reports suggesting the deal could be worth up to £24million.
There had been speculation Real Madrid were keen on his services, but Navas, who has spent his entire career to date with local club Sevilla, said he had made up his mind on a switch to City long ago.
Navas was quoted as saying by the Spanish media: "We've been talking with Manchester City for four months. The decision is taken.
"There had been rumours (about Real Madrid), but Manchester City were in from the start and I had decided some time ago. It's a good project and it was the moment to make the step.
"The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast. I'm really looking forward to it. Manchester City are making a great team.
"I'm going from Sevilla, which is a very nice place, and I'm going to a great club in England."
Barcelona striker David Villa maintains he is relaxed over his future at the club despite speculation he may be sold this summer.
Appearing on Antena 3’s El Hormiguero 3.0 programme on Monday night, El Guaje was questioned about whether he will still be with La Blaugrana next season.
“We’ll see what happens. From the outside it can seem like one thing but the truth is I am very relaxed about it. It’s a question of understanding [with Barcelona],” said Villa, referring to supposed interest from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
“At the moment I am happy because I’m going with the national team. It’s a change in mentality and after that we’ll see what happens.”
Villa is part of Vicente del Bosque’s Spain squad that will take part in the Confederations Cup in Brazil from June 15 to 30, and insists La Roja are there to pick up the trophy.
“Hopefully we can win it. That would be beautiful. It’s something we haven’t won yet and it would complete the full set after the World Cup and the European Championship.”
Reports are that whilst a contract agreement with Juan Ignacio Martinez was thought close, Levante’s board may decide today to release him.
The Coach is out of contract after two years at Los Granotes, which has included last year’s best League finish in the club’s history and ensured for this term a first campaign in European football.
However, following on from the second half of 2012-13’s remarkable dip in form and rumours of discontent between senior members of the dressing room and the Coach, speculation has been that the club may not hand him an extension.
Whilst recent reports indicated that sporting director Manolo Salvador was keen on a new deal for Martinez, today it is seen that the board are meeting to vote on the tactician’s future and will vote to not renew his deal.
Whilst Martinez is understood to be a prime candidate to replace Miroslav Djukic at Real Valladolid, Levante are reportedly turning to Joaquin Caparros or Maccabi Tel Aviv’s recently departed Coach Oscar Garcia.
Montpellier confirmed offers for Younes Belhanda came in from Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa.
“He is about to leave,” announced Montpellier President Louis Nicollin on Le10Sport.
“There are four or five interested clubs and now it’s up to him to decide where to go, seeing as we have almost reached an agreement with the sides.
“He will be sold for €14m-€15m. Concrete proposals arrived from Milan, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Aston Villa.”
Belhanda is a 23-year-old attacking midfielder and Moroccan international. He scored 10 goals in 30 Ligue 1 matches this season, plus two in six Champions League appearances.