Jesus Navas looks certain to end a four-year tenure with Manchester City next summer and return to the club City shelled out £14.9 million to acquire him from in 2013, Sevilla.
The 31-year-old winger is out of contract with City on June 30 and there is no sign of a new offer on the table, with a feeling that his time at the Etihad is coming to an end. Navas has failed to either score or assist a goal in the Premier League or Champions League this season, and his performances barely resemble those from his first season under Manuel Pellegrini.
Spanish publication AS reports that his former club Sevilla are in pole position to take him home at the end of the season, and crucially there is mutual interest to see this deal go through.
Navas has attracted interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce, but such a move is unlikely for a player who had to be convinced by Txiki Begiristain to join City because of his vulnerability to homesickness. The World Cup winner has always said he sees himself returning to Sevilla and a return home makes sense.
With the highest budget of club history after returning to the Champions League, Sevilla officials see this as a good time to bring the prodigal son home to a club he has never lost his love for, after four seasons in England.
City will not be short on right wing options when Navas departs, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané capable of playing on that flank, and young loanees Patrick Roberts and Marlos Moreno also promising wingers who can operate on the right.