Real Madrid youngsterIsco is attracting interest from English Premier League side Manchester city.
Reports in Spanish sports daily Marca have claimed today that Manchester City’s failure to sign Spanish starlet Isco in the summer has almost been forgotten amid an avalanche of goals but the Real Madrid playmaker remains very much on the Premier League club’s radar. The English set-up is waiting to see what develops with the man from Malaga, who is at present having a rough time of it with Real Madrid. The European U-21 champion is being overlooked by Ancelotti when deciding on the starting XI, and he is understandably miffed.
This year’s new arrival, Alvaro Negredo has been an unqualified success since signing from Sevilla, while the continued excellence of David Silva and Sergio Aguero, allied to Samir Nasri’s improvement, has seen City amass over 100 goals in all competitions this season.
Still, however, manager Manuel Pellegrini remains frustrated at the failure to secure the services of a player whose career he helped develop during the time they spent together at Malaga.
Despite the bright constellation of super-stars that City has at its disposal, Txiki Begiristain and Ferrán Soriano are still interested in the player, whose signing was the number one priority for Manuel Pellegrini last summer. A hostile attempt is out of the question, as the two clubs have excellent relationships, but if the player made a move of his own, he would be received with open arms at the Etihad. And being, City, money would not pose much of a problem.
Carlo Ancelotti has struggled to accommodate Isco in his 4-3-3 formation and there is increasing talk that the player and Madrid are ready to part company if the situation does not improve with City closely monitoring the situation.
Pellegrini this week said to the media that he still has eyes for the Spaniard: “I would have liked to have him. It would have been very important for him”, he assured. At the Mancunian club, they are still kicking themselves for how they let the young talent slip through their fingers last summer. Isco had originally agreed to join up again with his former manager in the summer but City refused to get involved in a bidding war with Real Madrid or pay significant agent fees.
Madrid paid €30 million for Isco and might be prepared to do business with City, although Pellegrini’s side will not entertain any approach for Aguero or Silva.
And City is not the only player out to sign him.
Milan has also expressed an interest in the player. The youngster has clearly grown as a player this season, but running into the decisive last stretch of the season, it doesn’t look like he has much of a chance of being chosen as a starter for any of the big games.