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Isco on his way?

  • 12 May 2013 08:53
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

City are closing in on a deal to bring Isco to the Etihad Stadium, according to reports this morning.

The Spanish star has been linked frequently with the Blues in recent weeks, and now the Daily Star report that a deal is close to being completed.

Paul Hetherington writes: “City are in advanced negotiations with his club Malaga and the Spain winger’s representatives.

“Isco, 21, has a £27million buy-out clause in his contract with the Champions League quarter-finalists.”

Remember, we’ll be the first with any confirmed transfers this summer on mcfc.co.uk!

Elsewhere, the papers make for some grim reading for Blues fans this morning, with Saturday’s defeat to Wigan at Wembley thoroughly dissected from all angles.

Down to ten men after Pablo Zabaleta received a red card in the closing stages, City conceded the only goal of the game to a late Ben Watson header.

Sergio Aguero

Stuart Brennan writes of the Blues in the Manchester Evening News:  “It even seemed that City had been shaken out of any complacency when they were out-played by the Latics at the Etihad Stadium three weeks ago, before sneaking the win with a touch of Carlos Tevez magic.

“They described it as a wake-up call, but someone had clearly hit the snooze button, because City were dozing through the first half.”

He adds: “No-one should take it away from Wigan – they were the better team on the day, and in Callum McManaman they had the stand-out performer.

“He tormented the Blues’ defence throughout, and in the end teased Pablo Zabaleta into a lunging challenge which earned the City hero a second yellow card, with five minutes to go.”

The thrilling performance of McManaman is a theme running through most reports this morning, as most writers credit Wigan with an excellent display in North London rather than simply analysing where City went wrong.

Mancini’s men did create chances of their own, as the Daily Mail reports.

Samir Nasri

“The chance they will regret the most came on the 30th minute. Samir Nasri delivered a delightful threaded ball to Sergio Aguero, who cut the ball back to his compatriot Carlos Tevez. Eight yards out, a goal beckoned but the boot of Joel Robles intervened and Wigan were saved,” explains Rob Draper.

“There was another fine save from a Nasri strike on half-time. In the 50th minute only an Emmerson Boyce interception denied Aguero and Robles also kept out a close range Rodwell header. In the end, though, there was not enough from City; and there was that man McManaman. 

“That, it turned out, was sufficient to wreak havoc on the best laid plans.”

You can read the official mcfc.co.uk match report here, as well as watching post-match interviews with Roberto Mancini and Vincent Kompany as the captain warns the Blues will be back – and stronger.

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