Newcastle have made an offer to Jesus Navas according to reports on Sunday morning.
Rafa Benitez has previously talked about the importance of adding as much pace as possible to his squad and certainly he seems to be looking to get that on the wings.
Newcastle are once again linked with Adama Traore and Saturday saw claims that NUFC have been negotiating with Middlesbrough to bring the 21 year old winger to St James Park, with a swap deal for Karl Darlow a possibility after Boro had a £5m offer turned down.
Traore is very quick but has so far shown little end product in terms of goals and assists.
Which brings us to Jesus Navas.
The Spaniard is at the opposite end of the age spectrum and will turn 32 in November but is still a very quick player.
However, his end product isn’t great in terms of goals, though he is fairly impressive when it comes to stats on assists, with maybe his biggest asset being to carry the ball from one of the pitch to the other very quickly, then handing the ball over to others to do the damage.
He scored only four Premier League goals at Manchester City in his four seasons there and the last of those in January 2014, three and a half years ago.
However, in his first three seasons for Man City, Jesus Navas got seven, eight and seven assists, which is pretty impressive considering he only started 18, 23 & 24 league games in those three years, often used as a sub (34 times) over the course of those seasons.
Last season saw no goals and only one assist from Navas in the league, though he only started 12 Premier League games and came off the bench in another 12.
Signed for 20m euros from Sevilla four years ago, it was expected that the winger would return to the club where he had played all his previous professional football before moving to England. However, Jesus Navas has been left disappointed according to The Mirror, as Sevilla have refused to move from their wage offer of £1.3m per season (around £25,000 per week), which is a fraction of what he was on at the Etihad.
The newspaper further reports that after hearing of the failure of the Sevilla deal to happen, Newcastle have made their own wage offer to Jesus Navas which no doubt will be an improvement on the Spanish club’s bid.
Difficult to see that Navas wouldn’t be an asset to Newcastle and his pace makes him an exciting and dangerous player to watch when on his game.
The free agent also has 35 caps for Spain but just like his Premier League goals, the last of those came in 2014.