Isco seems to be one of the most sought after Spanish midfielders in Europe at the moment and he’s confirmed official interest from Manchester City, with rumours of possible Chelsea and Manchester United bids still lingering.
The natural assumption is that he’ll follow Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City, but he could reject the move if he thinks it’s going to be one which will damage his future.
“There’s an offer from Manchester City and I’d like to carry on working with Manuel Pellegrini - I have to look at it calmly because it’s my future and it’s very important. I waver between the teams who want me because it’s my future,” he said as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old seems very fixed on his development and immediate future which is admirable for someone who is so young.
He’s clearly not about to jump into a move to Manchester City just because they can offer him the biggest wage deal, he seems to care a lot more about how he’s going to play on a weekly basis.
The only reason it seems he’d turn down the chance to follow Pellegrini to City is if he’s not going to be playing every single week.
At the Etihad Stadium, there is no guarantee of that because of the high quality midfielders the club already own. With David Silva and Yaya Toure currently pulling the strings in the middle, it’s a little difficult to see how he could oust either.
That opens the door to potential transfers for Chelsea and Manchester United who have also been linked with the playmaker, but perhaps more pressingly Real Madrid who see him as a key figure in fighting back against a Neymar boosted Barcelona.
Manchester United have to be the favourites because they have a clear need for a central midfield player and offer Isco the best chance of playing on a weekly basis.
Chelsea are in a similar position to City in the respect that they already own a variety of different midfield players who are currently controlling their starting places in the team; Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard to name the big three.
Real Madrid will be very tempting because of their magnitude and the fact they offer Isco the chance to stay in Spain, which may appeal to him in terms of his future in the Spanish national side.
The feelings of loyalty and commitment he had to Malaga have been removed with the news that Pellegrini is not staying at the Spanish club.
It seems certain he’ll be on the move this summer but where is the big question. City should be the first choice but unless they offer him the chance to become the most important midfielder at the club, he has reason to turn them down.
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