From Spain: Manchester City believe they know where the latest Isco rumours came from…

It happened again. And will happen again in future. Real Madrid playmaker Isco, the man who famously decided against joining Manuel Pellegrini in moving from Malaga to Manchester in 2013, has been linked with a switch to Manchester City.

The latest story originated in Barcelona via the Mundo Deportivo newspaper, who made it front page news, claiming that City believed they could land the skillful 26-year-old for €80million plus bonuses.

Like other recent links to Isco, these were quickly shot down, this time courtesy of journalist Martin Blackburn, who earlier today told us that Isco is not on Pep Guardiola’s radar.

Sometimes journalists are accused of fabricating stories for sales or clicks, but another Barcelona-based newspaper SPORT has revealed where this latest rumour may have come from.

Isco’s agent.

That’s right. Citing their own sources, most likely Catalans within Manchester City, SPORT journalist Francesc de Haro writes that City believe that Isco’s agent leaked a story of Man City being interested in his client.

The reason for Isco’s agent telling porkies, they report, is because Gareth Bale has been more prominent of late in the Real Madrid side, and by telling the world that wealthy Manchester City want Isco, it could pressure his current club into valuing him more.

Spanish football is very political and this type of thing is not uncommon. City are one of several cash-rich Premier League sides who leading Barcelona and Real Madrid players are often linked to. The outcome, as we’ve seen on several occasions with Lionel Messi, is that they get a new and improved contract.

So unless plans change at the Etihad, Isco will not be joining this summer. No doubt we’ll go again in January, though…

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