Jesus Navas to sign with Manchester City for $26 million – Not looking good for James Milner

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Manchester City are set to sign Sevilla’s Jesús Navas for $26 million (£17m).

Once pen is put to paper, which is expected later today, Navas will become Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing at Manchester City. The initial transfer fee of $26 million (£17m) could be supplemented by a $7.2 million (£4.7m) bonus based on performance, $4.6 million (£3m) of which Sevilla are virtually guaranteed.

After Sevilla’s final game of the season on Saturday night, manager Unai Emery all but admitted that a deal was done: “All the signs are that Navas will leave,” Emery said. “It is the best thing for Navas and for the club.”

Navas added more fuel to the fire when he claimed, “I am open to anything and I want to win titles. City is a team I like a lot.”

The Spanish international has a well-documented history of performance-related anxiety attacks. The attacks marred the early stages of his career where he had resistance from playing outside of his native Sevilla. As a result, his appearances for La Furia Roja were few and far between. A little over three years ago Navas gained control of the attacks and has since represented his country 23 times and was selected for the 2010 World Cup and 2013 European Championships.

Now Navas is ready to make the next step and leave Andalusia for unchartered waters. He’ll be ear-marked to come in on the right side of Pellegrini’s midfield where his searing pace and pinpoint delivery will be sure to provide Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero with plenty of opportunities.

A winger by trade, Navas has changed his game of late, cutting inside the park to become more involved in a playmaker role. The adaptation could prove useful in Pellegrini’s system that encourages wide men like Joaquin to come inside and play more centrally.

With Navas in the mix, James Milner is likely to see a serious reduction in playing time although it’s unlikely that City will go so far as to transfer the England international. Pellegrini will likely start Samir Nasri on the left and Navas on the right and utilize Milner off the bench as a late match spark.

One player who the Navas deal does condemn to a transfer out of the Etihad is Scott Sinclair. The 24 year old rarely saw the pitch this past season and has unimpressed since his move from Swansea City last summer. With Navas in, expect Sinclair to be sold off in the coming weeks.



Zlatan becomes PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 21:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic #10 of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his goal in the second half against AFC Fiorentina during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 21, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.Paris Saint-Germain defeated ACF Fiorentina 4-2.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.

After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.

Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.

Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.

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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.

Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.

Atletico and Real draw 1-1 in Madrid derby

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 04: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF wins the header after Gabi Fernandez of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.

Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.

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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.

Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.

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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.

The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.