From Spain: Manchester City CEO believes he can unlock €80m deal for long-term target

Manchester City have made eternal flame Isco a major target (again) and believe they have a real chance of finally signing the Real Madrid star this summer, Mundo Deportivo claims.

Links to the 26-year-old playmaker resurface every transfer window and have done so since the former Malaga player came within hours of joining City in 2013 before a phone call from Zinedine Zidane led to him instead joining Real Madrid.

Isco is a ‘weakness’ of Pep Guardiola’s according to the report from Spain, with the City boss seeing a player who would perfectly suit his style of football and be able to adapt to the Premier League. And entering his prime years as a player, he could be the perfect successor to 32-year-old David Silva.

It is further claimed that City chief executive Ferran Soriano believes he could close the signing of Isco this summer for a fee of €80million (£70million) plus bonuses.

Isco has a €700million release clause, which no one is going to pay, and a €6million salary that City would be almost willing to double, paying him €10million per season with an extra €1.5million in possible incentives.

The Spain international wants to feel important and despite his qualities, has never felt like one of Real Madrid’s most important players. He has ‘felt neglected’ at times in the Madrid dressing room and knows he is not one of the club president’s favourites.

As a result, unless Zidane makes him feel more important, Isco is likely to push for a transfer this summer and waiting at the door will be his long-term admirers Manchester City.

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