Sevilla coach Unai Emery believes the sale of Alvaro Negredo to Manchester City would be the best result for both clubs.
The English Premier League giants are closing in on the Spain attacker, having signed his team-mate Jesus Navas for an initial fee of £14.9million in June.
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.
“We know he could leave, but it would be the best for everyone.
“The club would be able to meet its financial obligations, and although we would lose a key player, we need to be reasonable, like we were in the case of Navas.
“Our aim is to produce new players that can reach the same heights.
“It’s possible the club can’t reach an agreement for him, but we are prepared, we have spent some time working on alternatives.
“Of course we’re not going to find a player with the same characteristics as him or one who is going to have the same record.
“But we will find players who will be important to the future of this club, and I trust the work the club is doing in that area.”
City are also chasing highly rated Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic, 23, and could sign the Montenegro international and Negredo.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been eyeing a striker in the off-season to fill the void left by Carlos Tevez, who has joined Juventus.
But renewed speculation about a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been dismissed.