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Sevilla boss targets Manchester City's Nolito and Navas


By Robert Jones

Sevilla president Jose Castro says they are working hard to try and sign Manchester City striker Nolito and his former Etihad team-mate Jesus Navas.

Nolito joined City from Celta Vigo last summer for £13.8m but has struggled for first-team football under Pep Guardiola and recently admitted he wanted to leave the club in a bid to boost his hopes of winning a place in Spain's World Cup squad.

Sevilla have emerged as a possible destination for the former Barcelona and Benfica forward, and Castro says they are hoping to strike a deal.

The Sevilla president is also keen to bring Navas back to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with the 31-year-old having been released by City at the end of last season.

"We continue working on players like Navas and Nolito with the hope that both players will join us. We are trying to reach an agreement," he said.

Castro was speaking at the presentation of new Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo, who has replaced fellow Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli at the Andalusian outfit.

Berizzo moves south after three years in charge of Celta Vigo, where he coached Nolito for a couple of seasons. He admits he is a big fan of the 30-year-old but says any possible move is out of his hands.

"I like Nolito a lot because I know him. As to whether we sign him or not, it's something that is in the air."

Regarding his ambitions for Sevilla, Berizzo says his challenge is to try and make the team - who finished fourth last season - even better. He said: "It's one thing to win and another to continue winning, which is more complex."

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