Blues face competition for Isco?
- 25 April 2013 08:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City are facing competition to land summer transfer target Isco, according to reports this morning.
The Malaga midfielder is said to be on Roberto Mancini’s wishlist, but the Daily Express believes that Monaco have already held talks with the Spaniard.
“The Citizens have a long-standing interest in the Malaga midfielder, along with Chelsea,” explains Charles Perrin.
“Roberto Mancini is planning a major clear out in the summer, as he is keen to slash the club's bulging wage bill.
“And now it seems that they could be trumped in their bid to land the La Liga outfit’s 'golden boy'.
“Spanish paper AS has it that Monaco have already held talks with Malaga and will lodge a bid of £24m.
“However, Malaga will be unwilling to sell Isco for less than his release clause which stands at £30m.”
This one will no doubt run for a while!
Sticking with the same publication, Maicon has insisted he wants to remain with the Blues after reports emerged of a move back to his native Brazil.
The 31–year-old has been restricted to 11 appearances this season after suffering a number of injuries, but has denied claims of a move back to his homeland ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Daily Express reporter Charles Perrin writes: “He insists he wants to stay at City, telling Brazilian publication Lancenet: "I'm calm and I don't care about what they wrote about me.
"My only objective is to help the team and don't have any more injuries, as my goal is to return to the national team.
"I didn't have one of my best seasons, I had physical problems that prevented me from playing all the games as I used to.
"It was a complicated season, but I recovered in the last part of the season and I'm prepared to help the team.”
Maicon took part in two EDS matches in his bid to regain fitness – you can watch highlights here, including a powerful shot against the crossbar!
Finally, Kolo Toure has been quoted as saying his future may lie away from the Etihad Stadium, but he wishes to remain in England.
He told Sky Sports: "My first choice is this country, as I like English football - that is why I began playing football," he said.
"After Ivory Coast I came here, I don't know any other culture and it is important for me to stay here, I have been here for ten-years."
Remember, we’ll be the first with any confirmed ins or outs at the club this summer on mcfc.co.uk!