Manchester City latest: Isco hints at Real deal; Pellegrini praises signings

All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad…

Is anyone else getting bored of the Isco saga? Well the papers certainly aren’t, with the latest reports suggesting the Malaga player’s move to Real Madrid is creeping ever closer.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Isco said, “Madrid excites me. They are one of the best teams in the world.”

Until yesterday, it was thought the 21-year-old was destined for Manchester City. And yet following reports that Real have gazumped the Blues’ offer, it is now down to Manuel Pellegrini and his board to decide if Isco is swayed more by cash than destination. And ask themselves if they want a player whose club of choice appears to change with the clink of every new pound dropped onto the pile.

Proving that you should always watch your tongue regardless of how clearly you see your future, previous quotes from the playmaker have been published, in which he is critical of Real.

Speaking in 2009, he said, “I’d say I’m a bit antimadridista although I do not know where my future will be, but it’s a team that I never liked.

I get the impression that it is an arrogant club, about how the players are. Without humility you cannot get anywhere.”

Seemingly excited about a club he has never liked – this is just another page in the footballers’ book of contradictions.

Should Isco remain in La Liga, City fans can satisfy themselves in the knowledge that they have signed two exciting midfield talents in Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. And Pellegrini has now had his say on the duo.

On his first official day as City’s manager, the Chilean said of Navas, “He is quick, has excellent technique and I think the City fans will enjoy watching him play. He is an excellent signing for the club.”

In regards to his new Brazilian capture he said, “I made Fernandinho one of the top priorities.

He is a superb athlete with a wide range of passing, can score goals and most importantly, can quickly turn defence into attack.”

Both players have everything necessary to play a huge part in Pellegrini’s plans and potential success; now he just needs to buy a new striker…

That may or may not be Edinson Cavani, who has long been rumoured to be a City target.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has said that if the player’s future is still no clearer when he returns from the Confederations Cup, he will “smash Cavani’s head in”.

The comment was meant as a joke, but the Uruguayan responded by saying, “The quotes from the president were heavy and strong. I don’t like it.

I want to talk to him face to face.”

Perhaps after that, City fans will know whether or not Cavani will be joining their ranks next season.

image: © Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch