On Calle Marqués de la Ensenada, at the home of football agency Bahía Internacional, a meeting took place yesterday between Sevilla sporting director Óscar Arias and Margarita Garay, the general director of Bahía. This meeting lasted over an hour and the subject of discussion was Manchester City winger Jesús Navas.
Navas is out of contract in June, and news recently broke that the club had offered him a new one-year deal, with Pep Guardiola’s intention to have him be the second-choice right-back. Pablo Zabaleta is leaving the club and there is no sign that City’s other right-back, Bacary Sagna, is getting a new deal either, with Pep preferring Navas in his new position recently.
However, according to Orgullo de Nervión, following the meeting held in Madrid yesterday, and a after Sevilla presented a three-year contract offer, there is optimism that 31-year-old Navas will return to Sevilla in the summer.
Both sides were pleased with the meeting and there will be further contacts soon to try and close the transfer permanently. Despite the offer from Manchester City to renew, Navas’ dream to return to Nervión could trump the temptation to remain in the Premier League, where he has played his football since 2013.
Should Navas choose Sevilla over City, it gives Guardiola a problem. On June 30, when Zaba and Sagna are officially out of contract, the club could be left with zero right-backs except 19-year-old Pablo Maffeo, who has spent the second half of this season on loan at Girona FC after showing some promise against Manchester United in the EFL Cup earlier this season.
There is intense speculation that a deal for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker is close, but who would be the other right-back should Navas snub City’s contract offer? Could there be a reprieve for Bacary Sagna? A promotion for Maffeo? Or will City dip into the market for two right-backs? 23-year-old Nélson Semedo of Benfica is known to be on the radar, but the cost of both he and Kyle Walker could eat up a sizable chunk of the transfer budget, with other positions also needing work.
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