City have ‘run out of patience’ in their neverending hunt for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to Sport.
Isco was hours away from following Pellegrini from Málaga to City in the summer of 2013, only for a phone call from Zinedine Zidane to change his mind. Isco joined Real Madrid, leaving City fans and songsmiths disappointed after the deal had seemed all but done.
A few days ago, City chief executive Ferran Soriano met with José Ángel Sánchez, director general of Real Madrid, to talk Isco. Sport tell us that they spoke at length in a restaurant close to the Santiago Bernabéu, and Soriano made an ‘ultimatum offer’, a final offer for Isco.
City want Isco as soon as possible and with Samir Nasri likely to miss most of what is left of the 2015-16 season, Isco could realistically be given his foreign squad spot in January. Soriano is reportedly conscious of a recent €40m (£29.5m) offer from PSG and has decided that if City are ever going to get Isco, it’s has to be soon. Arsenal and other major European clubs have also shown interest.
Isco wants to leave Real Madrid, Sport make that clear. But the uncertainty of Rafa Benitez’s future has slowed down any decision. Isco is struggling for game time under Benitez, but a change of coach could improve his situation at the Bernabéu.
Both the player and Real Madrid have asked for time from City to determine the next step in Isco’s career. They will contemplate it and Soriano has been given a first option, with a decision likely in late January.
Is the disco back on?