Man City & Real Madrid’s Isco
This transfer rumour is refusing to go away…
On Friday, the Times pick up the story of Isco’s possible Real Madrid exit to join Man City this summer.
The story, which broke on Wednesday night on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, came in the same week that Isco scored his first ever career hat-trick while on Spanish international duty.
Isco was the star of the show as Spain destroyed Argentina 6-1 in a friendly just two months before the World Cup.
After the Argentina game, Isco opened up about his problems at Real Madrid this season.
Isco has often been left on the bench, and the midfielder took a swipe at coach Zinedine Zidane saying:
I want to show that I’m a good player. Lopetegui shows me confidence with the minutes he gives me.
In Madrid, I don’t have the confidence a player needs.
Maybe I’m the problem in Madrid. I don’t know how to win Zidane’s confidence.
Now it’s being claimed that Manchester City could sign Isco in the summer.
How much does Isco cost?
The 25-year-old is under contract with Los Blancos until 2022.
It’s also known that Isco has a staggering €700 million release clause in his Real Madrid contract.
Yet, according to the Times on Friday, Real could sell Isco to Man City for a rather reasonable fee:
City are aware of Isco’s frustration and while the club insist that there has been no contact with the player — as has been reported in Spain — it is understood that they will look at the his position in the close season and determine whether it is worth submitting a bid for him.
City may have to break their own transfer record of £57 million, paid to Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte, to sign Isco. Madrid would consider accepting a bid of about £65 million.
Everton vs Man City
Man City head to Goodison Park on Saturday with the Premier League title in their sights.
Just nine points separates Manchester City from the Premier League title and victory on Saturday would ensure Pep Guardiola’s side remain on track to seal the championship against Manchester United next Saturday.