Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
Alvaro Negredo posted an open letter to Manchester City fans on Tuesday, following his deadline day transfer to Valencia.
Negredo, who helped City win the Premier League title and Capital One Cup, was clearly emotional to leave the club behind:
Gracias por todo. // Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/3Jcg8XmioQ— Álvaro Negredo 9 (@_AlvaroNegredo_) September 2, 2014
Shortly before Monday's transfer deadline, Valencia made a move to acquire striker Alvaro Negredo from Manchester City.
The La Liga club confirmed the news via Twitter:
As was originally rumoured, it is a loan deal but has the potential to turn permanent. An official statement, via ValenciaCF.com, provided the details:
Valencia Club de Futbol have reached an agreement with Manchester City Football Club for the acquisition of Spanish international Alvaro Negredo, on a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause. Recognised as one of the top strikers in European football, Negredo will be officially presented as a Valencia CF player at Mestalla on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 8pm. The club invite all Valencianistas to attend the presentation, in which the new signing will get to know his new home ground and see the fantastic support that will be spurring the side on this season.
The 29-year-old is returning home. He was born in Madrid and spent time with Spanish clubs Almeria, Real Madrid and Sevilla before making the move to England last July.
It took him very little time to get acclimated with Manchester City, as he scored two goals in his first three Premier League appearances and had a stretch between November and January when he found the back of the net six times in a span of 12 matches.
As OptaSports noted, he wasn't the same over the second half of the season, though:
16 - Alvaro Negredo failed to score in any of his last 16 appearances for Man City, after a run of 9 goals in the 5 games before that. Fade.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 1, 2014
Still, injuries went a long way in derailing his season—which still saw him score 23 times across all competitions—and once he returns to full health (he's expected to be out until late September with a broken metatarsal), he can provide another boost for Valencia, which has looked very good to start the La Liga season.
As for City, The Times' Oliver Kay wondered about this move and the lack of a corresponding one:
Manchester City allowing Negredo and Guidetti to join Valencia and Celtic respectively. No new striker coming in. Strange, that. #MCFC— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) September 1, 2014
Even with this loss, though, Manuel Pellegrini's squad features good depth up front in Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic, with the latter two scoring four Premier League goals through three matches.
The Citizens will be just fine.