Manchester City has geared up to outsmart rivals Chelsea in the race for Real Madrid midfielder Isco. City joined the race late, but it now has an edge over the London outfit taking advantage of its slow negotiations over the transfer issue.
The 23-year-old talented Spaniard is in search for his first team football, which he was denied at the Bernabue last season. Jose Mourinho, the Blues manager has shown keen interest in roping in the midfielder in his roster for next season.
Manuel Pellegrini has switched his attention to signing Isco and has capitalized on Chelsea’s slow negotiations with La Liga after having sealed a deal worth £49 million for Raheem Sterling last week.
A bid of around £35 million could have been enough to get the deal sealed for Chelsea but City’s spending power could now put up the price.
Pellegrini has experience of working with the promising Real playmaker during his stint as Malaga boss, and this could be a deciding factor in Isco’s final decision, according to sources.
Since joining the Spanish giant Real on a big money transfer from Malaga, Isco hasn’t succeeded in cementing his place in the first eleven, with stars like James Rodriguez preferred ahead of him.