Manchester City are hopeful of concluding a deal for Malaga’s highly talented youngster Isco in the coming days, despite strong competition from Real Madrid.
According to reports from Goal.com, officials of both the club will meet on Friday to negotiate terms for the Spanish play maker. City are willing to offer £20 million plus a further £10 million in add-ons for the 21-year-old, which they think could be sufficient enough to price him away.
La Liga giants Real Madrid were also heavily interested in him, but it is reported that he has spurned advances from Madrid. Club legend Zinedine Zidane tried to convince the youngster by assuring him of a regular place in the first team should he move to the Bernabeu, but it seems like the midfielder could be flying to Manchester for a medical as early as this week, provided both the clubs agree to terms.
There is hardly anything new to say about Isco’s vast wealth of talent. The Spaniard grabbed the attention of scouts all over the world last season with some scintillating performances in the Champions League.
He was one of the stars for Spain in the recently concluded U21 European Championships in Israel. City are aware of the threat Real Madrid can possess in terms of hijacking any deal with a late move, and hence the Premier League outfit are so desperate in wrapping up the deal at the earliest.
It is understood that City manager Manuel Pellegrini is the central reason for his mooted move, having played under him at Malaga last season.
In other news, Italian giants Juventus have revived their interest in Manchester City’s left wing back Aleksandar Kolarov while the Turin giants are also keen to sign Argentina international Carlos Tevez.
According to Daily Mail, the Serie A champions see Kolarov as a utility player who will add sufficient depth to their squad.
Juventus have already discussed a potential £9 million move for Tevez as question marks remain over his future at Manchester City.