As the summer transfer window begins the English clubs have a whole host of targets on their radars to strengthen their squads ahead of next season and this applies none more so than to Manchester City.
According the BBC, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has been in bullish mood recently stating that he only wants star players at the Etihad Stadium next term so we can expect City to flex their muscles in this transfer window.
Raheem Sterling continues to be linked with a potential move to City with them allegedly having made a new £40M offer after their £25M offer was knocked back by Liverpool.
But another name keeps on appearing in the press constantly linked with City over the past few months and The MEN believe that man is that is Isco.
Many may be surprised that City consider themselves as having a chance to sign one of Europe’s premier young starlets, from Europe’s premier team but they do hold an ace in the pack, and that man is Manuel Pelligrini. Pelligrini has a pre-existing relationship with Isco having been the manager who gave him his first real opportunity on a global and European stage.
Pelligrini appears to have been given a second chance at City after their promising finish to the season outweighed their mid-season blip when it seemed apparent he would fall by the weigh side, just as Roberto Mancini did when he failed to build on Championship success in his second season. Pelligrini has strong links with many clubs and players in Europe, especially Spain and will hopefully be able to convince some of these players to join a new revolution at the Etihad next season.
The Manchester City manager has a great relationship with Isco from his period spent at Malaga when they were trying to establish themselves as one of the forces in La Liga. During his spell managing Isco, the latter picked up the notorious Golden Boy award in 2012, making him the best young prospect in Europe amongst footballs elite. He finally moved to Real Madrid after the following season in a €30M deal, and you would have to expect the Madrid hierarchy to want to make a substantial profit on any future deal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isco).
City have spent big on trying to develop their midfield over the years and with Frank Lampard heading stateside, James Milner leaving for Liverpool and question marks over the quality which the Brazilians Fernando and Fernandinho give them, Isco could be the perfect fit to a new look city midfield. Vice-captain Yaya Toure looks set to stay at the Etihad and Isco could be marquee signing that could ensure City’s challenge is much stronger in the Premier League and Europe next season.
When Pelligrini joined Manchester City in 2013 he made Isco his number one transfer target but he narrowly missed out with him opting to join Real Madrid, but with the City board giving him a free reign on where to recruit next season he has returned to a tried and trusted colleague to assist him in reaching his objectives.
Isco is an interesting prospect for City to look at having enjoyed a stellar season for Real Madrid and being one of the shining lights in what by the Galactico’s standards was a disappointing year. This has seen him elevated in the fans eyes and is now a much loved member of the squad and he has repaid this with a fantastic return of 4 goals and 9 assists in 34 appearances
His chance this season was afforded to him due to an injury to Luke Modric which kept the Croatian playmaker out of the Madrid side for the second half of the season. Isco had been used to playing in a more advanced role during his Malaga days and in during his first season for Madrid and many wondered where he would fit in with the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez. Full credit has to go to Isco by being able to adapt his game to playing that of a deeper playmaker that could start incisive counter attacks which made Madrid unplayable at times.
Whether City have a serious chance of signing Isco is the main question that will be answered during the transfer window as they begin to strengthen for next season with the questions currently unanswered as to whether he is interested in a move away from Read Madrid and if they actually want to sell one of their key men?