Man City move for Malaga’s Isco as well as Pellegrini

Manchester City are planning on not only swooping for Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini, to replace Roberto Mancini, but also want the Spanish side’s playmaker, Isco, the Daily Mail has reported.

City were given encouragement in their pursuit of Pellegrini earlier this week when it was confirmed the Chilean would be leaving the Liga club at the end of the season. City sacked Mancini on Monday after he failed to deliver any of the club’s agreed targets in the current campaign, with the exception of Champions League qualification, the decision being confirmed a year to the day after Mancini took City to the Premier League title.

And City want to bring Isco, 21, to Manchester at the same time as Pellegrini, but face competition for the midfielder from Real Madrid. However, the Premier League club are banking on Isco’s desire to continue working under Pellegrini, while Madrid’s managerial situation is uncertain as Jose Mourinho is expected to leave the club, but the identity of his successor is not yet known.

City are hopeful of agreeing a fee with Malaga below the £27m buyout clause stipulated in his contract, signed in January, and have already held talks with the player’s father and other representatives about signing a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

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