Unai Emery believes the sale of his star striker to Manuel Pellegrini's side could be the best option for all parties, as speculation over a move continues to mount

Sevilla coach Unai Emery believes the sale of Alvaro Negredo to Manchester City would be the best result for both clubs.

On Thursday Goal reported City are targeting Negredo and Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic to boost their attacking options having missed out on Edinson Cavani, who appears set for Paris Saint-Germain.

Funds are much-needed at Sevilla and Emery has given the strongest indication yet the 27-year-old could leave the La Liga club, who are reportedly trying to push his price beyond £20m.

"The most likely situation is that he will leave," Emery said.

"The cards are on the table. Negredo is a very important player to Sevilla and he could continue to be one, either by staying here or by earning the club a big transfer fee.