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Manchester City outbid Real Madrid for Celta Vigo director general Antonio Chaves

Months after signing Spain international Nolito from Celta Vigo, Manchester City are returning to the La Liga club in an effort to sign another big talent. This time, though, it isn’t a footballer but the Galician club’s highly regarded director general, Antonio Chaves.

According to Atlántico Diario, City have offered a three-year contract worth €5 million to Chaves and director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has held meetings and transmitted City’s interest in acquiring the Spaniard.

Celta are very close to being bought out by a Chinese group and it is thought that Chaves’ eight-year tenure at the club will come to an end when that deal is completed.

Manchester City are not the only club to have approached Chaves, with reports that Real Madrid are also interested in recruiting him. However, City’s offer of €5 million (in total over three seasons) is superior to Real Madrid’s proposal of €1.5 million per year.

Chaves also has offers outside of the world of football, but if he chooses to remain in the sport, City look well positioned to add him to the ranks.

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