Newcastle Transfers: Jesus Navas Could Join On A Free?

Rafael Benitez wants fellow Spaniard to join him on Tyneside.

Manchester City's Jesus Navas
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Spanish winger Jesus Navas could remain in England with Newcastle following his release from Manchester City, reports The Mirror.

The 31-year-old has been plying his trade in the Premier League since 2013, when he moved from Sevilla for a reported £15 million, but saw his opportunities at the Etihad limited last season under Pep Guardiola.

He had originally been tipped for a return to Seville - where he spent the first decade of his career, winning the UEFA Cup twice - but Los Rojiblancos have reportedly balked at his wage demands.

And promoted Newcastle, managed by fellow Spainard Rafael Benitez, could steal a march on their rivals after becoming aware of the winger's availability.

The Magpies have had a low-key transfer window so far, as they prepare for their first season back in the Premier League after being relegated a year ago.

The Championship winners made whole-sale changes to their squad last season, but Benitez apparently believes more experience is needed if his side are to compete in the top flight.

Navas, a speedy wide-man with 35 Spain caps to his name, could be exactly the sort of acquisition the former Liverpool boss has been looking for.