Jesus making the headlines
- 04 June 2013 08:57
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
There is plenty of speculation doing the rounds this morning about the potential arrival of Sevilla winger Jesus Navas.
The La Liga side posted a statement on their website last night, saying: "Sevilla FC has accepted the English club's offer, taking into account the wishes of the player, who will have to pass a medical."
Unsurprisingly, this has led to reports and comment in a number of this morning’s papers.
The Independent notes: “Navas has been tormenting defenders with his electric runs down the right wing since making his top-flight debut for Seville in 2003.
“The 27-year-old was a key part of the team that won the Uefa Cup in 2006 and 2007 but was unable to take up a place in the Spain squad for many years due to fears about travelling away from his Andalusian home.
“He overcame his anxiety to help them win their first World Cup in 2010 and was part of the squad that defended Spain's European crown last year.”
As ever, once any deal is finalised we’ll bring you the news first on mcfc.co.uk.
Elsewhere, Juventus are said to be keen on recruiting Aleks Kolarov to swell their ranks this summer.
The 27-year-old spent three years at Lazio before making the switch to the Blues, and will be familiar with the demands of Italian football.
After sealing the Serie A championship last season, the Turin-based outfit are looking to strengthen ahead of their Champions League challenge.
Charles Perrin reports in the Daily Express: “Roberto Mancini alternated between Kolarov and Gael Clichy last season and Kolarov hasn't hidden his desire to leave.
“And now it seems the Bianconeri could provide him with an escape route out of the Etihad.
“Italian paper Corriere dello Sport claims Antonio Conte is planning on implementing a different style of play for the Serie A champions, who habitually play in a 3-5-2 formation.”
Currently at Norwich, Watson works with Joe Hart at England level and was credited for the stopper’s significant improvement while on loan at Birmingham City.
Daniel Taylor writes: “Hart's tie-up with Watson goes back to when England's No1 spent the 2009-10 season on loan at Birmingham City, winning the club's player of the season award and being voted on to the Professional Footballers' Association team of the year.
“It is one of the reasons why Hodgson brought in Watson among his first appointments and has led to talks at Manchester City about whether the 39-year-old could be recruited to work with Hart again on a day-to-day basis.”