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Following reports yesterday that Isco had chosen Manchester City over Real Madrid, the Malaga midfielder has said that any move may be confirmed before next week.
“I prefer not to comment about my future,” he said, “but the matter could be closed this Sunday.”
Yesterday’s reports from Spain suggested the 21-year-old’s move to the Etihad was certain “if nothing changed” in the immediate future. Which may have just been a way to cover their backs, or they may have been hypothesising about potential late interest from elsewhere.
That is said to have come in the shape of Borussia Dortmund and PSG.
Malaga-based newspaper Diario Sur has claimed that both sides have registered their interest in one of Europe’s brightest young stars. They go on to claim that the German side have already made a bid, with the French champions planning to in the coming days.
Of course it could simply be a case of making new headlines before the opportunity is lost; because with every passing day it seems more likely that Isco will be reunited with former manager Manuel Pellegrini next season.
One player who may be playing alongside the Spaniard is Carlos Tevez. It was strongly believed that the striker was on his way to Italy, with both Juventus and AC Milan reportedly interested.
But the latter have now distanced themselves from any move, claiming there is no room for the Argentinian in their squad…yet.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has been extremely vocal about Tevez in recent weeks. But his latest comments suggest they are not quite as keen on the player as they first appeared.
“If another club wants to come forward for Tevez, then they are welcome to do so,” Galliani said.
“If we do not sell one of our players, then we cannot make any other moves.”
Opening the door for potential bids for the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy…or really not interested? The next few months will answer that one way or the other.
And finally, builders working on City’s new Etihad Campus have reportedly been ordered not to wear Manchester United tops at work.
The claims come from an unnamed employee working on the site that will ultimately replace the club’s Carrington training ground.
The worker is reported to have said that the decision has infuriated some workers.
“They are annoyed because builders always wear old football shirts,” he said. “The site is in Manchester and so people are going to wear United shirts.”
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