Manchester City are keen to continue their recent spending, and are planning to challenge Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco, the Daily Express report.
The Express report that the Blues had been leading the charge for the Spaniard’s signature, however, it now appears that their hopes of landing the 23-year-old are relying on them outbidding their nearest rivals in the Premier League last year. The Express suggest that £35m may be enough to tempt Los Blancos into selling the youngster.
City’s transfer window appears to have fully kicked into life, with both Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph now through the door. However, the big names from around Europe have yet to arrive at the Etihad. Both Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne have been linked (via Telegraph), but neither have signed, and the former’s wage demands appear to have led City to pursue other targets, the Telegraph report.
Isco would fulfil a similar role as their two targets, although he is yet to make the kind of impact at the Bernabeu that either De Bruyne and Pogba have made at their respective clubs in the past couple of years.
But, Manuel Pellegrini worked with the player when he was the manager of La Liga side Malaga, so has an understanding of what he can be capable of, which is perhaps what alerted him to the situation once he heard that Chelsea were interested. Perhaps the Chilean knows that if Jose Mourinho is able to get the best out of him, their chances of winning back the top flight crown may become very slim.
Get upto £200 in free matched bets with bet365 - Click here to find out more