Manchester City latest: Favourites for Isco but Cavani slipping away?

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Despite rumours in Spain yesterday that Real Madrid had an agreement in place to sign Isco, the Malaga playmaker now appears far more likely to sign for Manchester City.

The most recent reports suggest the 21-year-old will sign for the club that will give him the most first-team opportunities, with little doubt of that being City.

Speaking of his former (and possibly future) manager Manuel Pellegrini, Isco said, “It’s a point in favour that we worked together and that I know how he works, but it’s not definitive.”

And yet speaking on TalkSport this afternoon, Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter suggested that all signs pointed to a move to City. But he didn’t stop there. He suggested that should Isco arrive at the Etihad, he would win next season’s Young Player of the Year award and help inspire his new club to the league title.

Quite a feat for a player yet to play a minute of Premier League football; but it appears he is quite a player.

One man looking increasingly likely to move elsewhere is Edinson Cavani.

The Napoli striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent days, and he didn’t quell those rumours when he called Real a “beautiful team”.

I am very calm,” he said on speculation surrounding his future. “Real Madrid are a beautiful team, every player dreams of playing there when he is a child.

Those are things that they are talking from behind, as it will soon be seen. But officially nobody has talked to me.”

Cryptic it may have been, but it seems City may have to look elsewhere for a new frontman.

One former striker who may soon join a new club is Roque Santa Cruz. Having been released by City this summer, the Paraguayan is said to be considering an offer from German side Hamburg.

And finally, midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim may be facing City next season, with interest from both Hull City and Crystal Palace.

The deals are believed to be loans, despite the player entering the last year of his contract. Other potential suitors, who are keen for a permanent deal, are believed to include Swansea City, Everton and Newcastle United.

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