Sources in Turkey, where the 32-year-old attacker is currently on the books of Besiktas, claim Negredo is demanding an astronomical $7 million for a single season with the Sky Blues.
It’s a figure which has unsurprisingly spooked Sky Blues officials, who would be hard pushed to consider parting with around a third of that figure to bring him to the A-League.
The former Manchester City, Sevilla, Valencia and Middlesbrough marksman has been near the top of Sydney’s wish list as they seek to fill Brazilian Bobo’s goal-laden boots.
But they have been taken aback by what are perceived as the unrealistic expectations of a player who, after netting seven league goals in 31 appearances in his debut season in Turkey, is now unwanted by Besiktas.
Negrado, who has 10 goals in 21 appearances for Spain, still has a season left on his $6 million contract with the Super Lig giants but it’s been mooted in Turkey he may have to enlist the aid of FIFA to recoup even a fraction of that as moves to get him off the wage bill intensify.
Sydney, who do have several other options they can turn to in pursuit of a proven goalscorer, can play a waiting game in the hope Negrado shows some flexibility in his pay aspirations.
Or, they can move on.
The club have already been burned and spurned by fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres, who opted instead for Japanese J1 League side Sagan Tosu and the quest to replace 27-goal Bobo, and Johnny Warren medalist Adrian Mierzejewski is becoming a matter of some urgency ahead of the new A-League season.