Isco bid looks doomed
- 25 June 2013 08:14
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
It seems City’s long reported pursuit of exciting Malaga midfielder Isco is over.
With so many stories and quotes around this morning suggesting the 21-year-old has opted for Real Madrid instead of the Blues, it seems certain the player will remain in La Liga.
If it’s true it is a pity because City fans seemed ready to make the box-of-tricks talent a crowd idol and whether he will receive the same adulation at the Bernabeu remains to be seen.
The reliable Ian Herbert of The Independent is 99.9% certain the Blues will not be adding a fourth La Roja star to their ranks this summer in his report: “Manchester City were resigned last night to their new manager Manuel Pellegrini failing in his first task as manager – persuading his protégé Isco to sign for the club.
“The club are phlegmatic about the 21-year-old's apparent decision to opt for Real Madrid, despite the relationship he had developed with Pellegrini – his "footballing father"– who officially began work as Roberto Mancini's successor yesterday.
Since the pursuit of Isco was a by-product of the club turning to 59-year-old Pellegrini as manager, it is understood that director of football Txiki Begiristain will not go back into the market for an alternative purchase
“If the club's post-season tour of the United States was anything to go by, Samir Nasri may also become a new player with Mancini out of the club.”
If Isco does opt for Madrid, it puts his 2009 quotes about his likely new employers - picked up by the Daily Mail’s Chris Wheeler and Simon Jones - into question.
They suggest that not so long ago, Madrid appeared the last club the Malaga star would have considered in their interesting feature which claims: “After an interview from 2009 outed Isco as an 'antimadridista' - a Spanish football fan who wants Real Madrid to fail, the Malaga playmaker has admitted that a move there would tick a lot of boxes.
“'Madrid excites me,' said Isco. 'They are one of the best teams in the world.'”
Isco would not be the first footballer in the world to have his head turned by Madrid and he won’t be the last
Staying with the Mail, Paul Collins believes City’s alleged decision to pull out of any pursuit of Edinson Cavani is good news for Bosnian national hero Edin Dzeko.
There were doubts in the Press that Dzeko would pull on the sky blue jersey of City again, but Collins believes he may yet have a major role to play for City – though Carlos Tevez’s future is less certain.
Collins reports: “Pellegrini is also ready to call off City's pursuit of Napoli's £54m-rated striker Cavani, a long-term target for predecessor Roberto Mancini, and give Dzeko a second chance at the Etihad
“Meanwhile, Juventus representatives are flying in to England to hasten talks with Manchester City over a move for strikers Tevez.
“The Argentine forward has agitated for a move twice in the past and could be lining up for the Italian champions come next season.
“Sportsmail understands Tevez, 29, would consider staying in the North West, but realises he may not feature heavily in new manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans.”
Developments on any future deals will be officially confirmed on mcfc.co.uk – so check here first