Manchester City are resigned to the fact that Isco will snub a move to the Ethiad in favour of Real Madrid.
New City manager Manuel Pellegrini was desperate to link up with Isco once again after the pair enjoyed two successful seasons with Malaga together.
Real Madrid have reportedly bid £25million for the 22-year-old, with the cash-strapped Malaga in no position to turn the big offer down. As part of the move, Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev will go in the opposite direction.
Isco told AS that the allure of the Madrid giants is too much. “Madrid excites me. They are one of the best teams in the world.”
City aren’t the only club whom Isco has spurned to join Real, with Borussia Dortmund and the heavy spending Monaco also believed to have agreed a fee with Malaga.
Some bookies have stopped taking bets on Isco’s next club with Madrid last on offer at 1/8.
Manchester City have learnt from the last summer transfer window and have attempted to do their business early.
Before Pellegrini’s appointment had been made official, the club had completed deals to sign Jesus Navas from Sevilla and Fernandinho from Shakthar Donetsk.
Despite these deals, Isco isn’t the only player City will miss out on this summer, with the club confirming they weren’t ready to meet Napoli’s valuation of Edison Cavani.
Bale won’t be joining Real this summer
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has once again stated Gareth Bale won’t be leaving White Hart Lane this summer.
Real Madrid look set to been really busy this summer with many linked set to come through the Bernabeu doors, however many will also depart.
Despite the busy nature of their window, Bale has been their number one target, however they look set to be disappointed.
Real are willing to test Tottenham’s resolve with a massive but and it is unlikely the club will ever recieve higher bids for their prize asset this summer, however ‘AVB’ is certain Bale will stay.
‘“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay,” said the Portuguese coach.
Bale won every single individual honour available last season as Spurs narrowly missed out on Champions League.
AVB himself turned down the chance to leave Spurs this season, as French club PSG offered him their vacant managerial position.
The former Chelsea manager decided to show loyalty and remain at White Hart Lane and now he expects the same of Bale.