Spain U-21 international Isco is a hot property in the transfer market and is certain to make a move away from Malaga this summer. Manchester City and Real Madrid are the two sides interested in the signature of the young attacking midfielder and he has a choice to make between the two, suggest the reports emerging from Spanish media.
Spain are favourites to lift the UEFA U-21 Championship as they face Italy in the finals on Tuesday. Isco is an integral member of the team and he has confirmed he’d decide on his future after tomorrow’s finals in Jerusalem. After having been linked to a number of clubs, the speculations have come down to City and Real and the player has ensured his decision will be taken keeping in mind what’s best for him as well as for Malaga.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS Isco said,
“Yes, there are offers on the table from both clubs,”
“Those are the two clubs that have shown the most interest. I hope to decide soon because I still have a contract with Malaga. I know that Manchester City and Real Madrid are both huge clubs. I hope that whatever I choose will be the best for me and for Malaga.”
There are a couple of factors that favour Manchester City ever so slightly in this pursuit of the player. The first one being Malaga may not completely entertain the idea of selling their prodigious talent to a top Spanish club, although Real Madrid are in no way a direct competition to them. The second factor and the more important one is Manuel Pellegrini’s services having already been secured by the former English champions. Isco has grown leaps and bounds as a player under Pellegrini and might very well be tempted with the idea of continuing to be guided by the same man, albeit in a different country playing under different circumstances.
Speaking of Pellegrini, he said,
“He is a great coach who has done some impressive work at Malaga, as he did at other clubs, and I am sure things will go well for him [in England],” he said. “It’s true that I know Pellegrini already, I know how he works and he has been fundamental in my career during the two years I have been at Malaga with him.”
Isco is expected to take a holiday or two after the completion of the Under-21 tournament in Israel and then confirm his next move in European club football. Both the clubs interested in his services are no short of quality in their roster and are certain to mount serious challenge to reclaim their respective league titles. Both the clubs are two of the strongest in the continent with respect to the financial muscle so there’s frankly little to choose, although the history factor tilts strongly in favour of Real Madrid. But Manuel Pellegrini is one man Isco might very well choose to follow in his pursuit for greater success and that gives a slight advantage to Manchester City. The speculations should be put to rest in another couple of days.
Lewandowski to stay at Dortmund?
Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly the striker every club in Europe would love to add to their roster. The Polish forward’s exploits both in Germany and Europe were for everyone to see as Dortmund emerged as a European powerhouse finishing second only to Bayern both in the domestic and European competitions. Along with Mario Gotze, Lewandowski was also expected to move away from Dortmund at the end of the season and to nobody’s surprise, he was instantly linked to a number of clubs across leagues.
If reports from the German media are to be believed, Lewandowski is seeking a move to Bayern Munich, something Dortmund are in no mood entertaining of. In the last couple of years, Dortmund have challenged the Bayern dominance in the Bundesliga and giving away their second most prized asset to direct rivals in the same season might put great question marks on their ambitions. Lewandowski has also been linked with a move away from Bundesliga with clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea all having expressed their interest.
But the latest reports suggest, Dortmund have decided to let the player honour his last year of contract which might then allow him to leave for Bayern – a move he desires the most. Speaking about the player’s situation, Dortmund General Manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said,
“Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season. We need this security to be able to plan (for the season).”
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