Cut-price Isco offered to City?
- 29 January 2016 00:23
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Given the transfer window closes on Monday, it looks increasingly as though City won't be adding to their squad this month, but next summer could be a different story.
Isco has been linked with the Blues on and off ever since his old Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini took over at the Etihad.
The Independent are now suggesting the talented midfielder is available for a cut-price fee of £25m in the summer, with Arsenal and City being kept updated on the situation.
They write: "Real Madrid midfielder Isco is believed to be available for £25m if Arsenal wish to sign him in the summer, although they will face competition from Manchester City should they follow up their interest with an official offer.
"Isco is believed to be unhappy with life at Real, according to his agent, and despite starting 12 of Real’s 21 matches this season, Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims that a move to Arsenal could be on the cards.
"However, the problem for Arsenal is that Isco played under City manager Manuel Pellegrini during his time as Malaga head coach, could persuade him to move to the Etihad instead of London."
Elsewhere, Read Bundesliga believe Robert Lewandowski won't be heading to play in England anytime soon.
The Bayern Munich striker, they claim, will instead wait for his 'dream move' to Real Madrid. The report reads: "Lewandowski will hold out for a move to Real Madrid and reject interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in order to get his dream move to Spain.
"The rumours circulating around his future are growing and he is expected to hold out for a move if Real Madrid can overturn or delay their transfer ban.
"Even if, they fail to overturn or delay their transfer plan, the former Borussia Dortmund striker would opt to stay at the Allianz for another year than accept a big money move to English’s top-flight."
With little else of any note to highlight, we turn our attentions to Saturday's FA Cup tie with Aston Villa.
ESPN's preview concentrates on former City favourite Micah Richards and his dramatic late goal a decade ago that set his career off and running.
They write: "Aston Villa against Manchester City in the FA Cup; Saturday's fourth-round tie will carry special meaning for one member of the Villa squad. Just a couple of weeks short of 10 years ago, this was the fixture that launched the career of one Micah Richards.
"It may have been a decade ago, but the goal Richards scored in that February 2006 game remains one of the most iconic in recent City history. Villa were leading 1-0 heading into the final seconds when the visitors nicked a corner.
"Joey Barton took the kick, fired it into the centre of the Villa penalty area and there was Richards, just 17 years old, to power a headed equaliser into the net -- with 93 minutes on the clock. City won the fifth-round replay, but the bigger buzz surrounded the emergence of their strapping young defender who had announced himself in such dramatic style."
A nice, well-written piece - worth a read.