Recent back pages in Spain have reported 'interest' from Real Madrid in highly-rated Spanish youngster Malaga midfielder Isco.
Isco has a release clause in the contract he signed this season that contains a £30 million buyout meaning only a handful of affluent clubs can afford him. Manchester City are one of those clubs and they have been heavily linked with Isco for months.
Why is Real Madrid’s interest good news for Manchester United? Isco is far more likely to prefer to remain in Spain where he can continue his development and improve his chances of gaining access to the Spanish national team ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year.
Not that a move to the Premier League wouldn’t interest him but it would take some adjustment for him to settle, understandably. His compatriots and former Malaga teammates Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal have made the switch the Premier League very well in their debut seasons with Arsenal.
However, they are both experienced and mature and that is something Isco isn’t at present. At just 22-years-of-age he is hailed as one of the best talents of his generation – not just in Spain but across the continent.
Even just the hint of interest from Real Madrid will likely be enough to ensure he waits for the La Liga giants to come get him rather than follow Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City where he is looking increasingly likely to go to take over where Roberto Mancini left off.
Manchester City, along with Chelsea will likely present the most imposing challenges to United next term – it won’t be quite so easy next term, especially with the inevitable phase of transition between Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United as they become David Moyes’ Manchester United.
Meanwhile, there is no desisting in the rumours linking Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho with a return to Stamford Bridge where he remains Chelsea’s most successful manager to date.
Chelsea with Mourinho back at the helm will be a far bigger threat to United than they have been under Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo before him and Manchester City have the spending power to bring in ‘targets’ like Edinson Cavani and, low and behold, Isco.
If Real Madrid meet Isco’s release clause this summer, David Moyes will breathe a huge sigh of relief – if he goes to City this summer, United will have their work cut out for them in their quest to retain the title.