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Negredo may become an FFP casualty at City.
Manchester City are saying all the right things about Alvaro Negredo. These are also all the things a club generally says about a player right before they sell him—it's better for the sale price.
"City are focusing on what one club source described as the Spaniard’s ‘sensational’ form in the first half of the season when he scored 23 goals in 33 appearances," wrote Stuart Brennan in the Manchester Evening News.
"And they will rebuff any moves from Atletico, who want Negredo to replace Diego Costa, and Tottenham who are the latest to be linked," Brennan added.
There are several reasons why City ran afoul of FIFA's Financial Fair Play rules. You do not need to be a Ph.D. mathematician, though, to know that one of the biggest causes for City's imbalanced books is that they are carrying four strikers who would start for almost any other club in the Premier League.
Neither Sergio Aguero nor Edin Dzeko are going anywhere. Oft-injured Stevan Jovetic, 24, showed enough in his opportunities and carries enough promise to deserve another season at the Etihad.
Negredo, who burned brightly in the first half of last season then promptly burned out, probably ought to be the odd (even?) man out.
Like Yaya Toure, the sum Negredo could fetch via sale would allow City to address more pressing needs.