It seems the Isco saga will never die until he is wearing the sky blue of City (for a second time) and two days after a reported bid was made for the diminutive playmaker, more news has emerged today.
Fernando Burgos of Onda Cero, Spain’s number two radio station, broke the news earlier that Isco has told Real Madrid he wants out. And he wants out right now, not next summer. The Spanish international simply can’t co-exist with Rafa Benitez and according to Burgos it has reached the point where one or the other has to go.
Isco could remain at Real Madrid if Benitez, who is on shaky ground, is dismissed, but City are reported to have moved fast by sending representatives to the Bernabéu yesterday, where Isco was an unused sub as Madrid beat Real Sociedad. City are said to have opened talks about signing Isco in the January window.
City have downplayed the previous story about Isco and Pellegrini told the press today he didn’t expect any activity in January. But Manuel is a man who holds his cards close to his chest, and said exactly the same a year ago only for the Blues to splash out on Wilfried Bony.
Because you can apparently never have enough attacking midfielders, another has been linked. The Guardian ran an exclusive this morning that City have made 19-year-old Leroy Sané, the latest jewel of Schalke’s famed academy, a priority target.
City have been monitoring Sané since December 2013 and watched as he shone for Schalke’s U19s against City at the Academy Stadium in February. Real Madrid and Liverpool are also scouting the pacy attacker, who has already been capped at senior level by Germany.
A fee between £25m and £32m has been mooted as enough to land Sané, but general manager Horst Heldt was quick to respond to this rumour, telling Bild: “We don’t want to sell him and Leroy doesn’t want to leave the club. Even Man City haven’t got that much money.”
Not sure about that, Horst…