Manchester City latest: Belgian wonderkid linked and favourites for Negredo

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Isco has been officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player, having for a time appeared destined for Manchester City.

The former Malaga midfielder has also revealed that the moment Real expressed their interest any move to the Blues was all-but-over.

Pellegrini was keen to take me to Manchester but once I knew Real Madrid were interested I didn’t think twice.”

So in the end a five-year deal at the Bernabeu trumped a reunion with his “footballing father”.

One Spanish-based player who could be on his way to City is Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo.

It has been reported that Pellegrini was competing with Atletico Madrid for the 27-year-old. But Sevilla are said to have grown tired with their La Liga rival’s uncertainty over certain financial aspects of the deal, leaving City free to negotiate.

Negredo has been the subject of interest from other Premier League clubs including Tottenham and West Ham. But if reports are true of Sevilla’s mounting debts and the need to sell more players, City may soon have their much needed new frontman.

And the arrivals may not stop there, with the Blues one of four English clubs said to be interested in 15-year-old Belgian Julien Ngoy.

As he does not play for a professional club, sides interested in signing the pacey teenager will have to negotiate directly with the Brussels academy where he has been educated.

Tipped to be one of the next big stars of European football, it is no surprise City will have to compete with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham…and that is without considering interest from elsewhere.

Reports today suggest Arsenal are keen to bring Gareth Barry to the Emirates, although the player wants to remain exactly where he is.

With just one year remaining on his current contract, reports earlier this year claimed the England international would be offered a new deal in due course. But the 32-year-old is said to be wary of reduced first-team opportunities, possibly paving the way for a move to the Gunners.

In truth it is unlikely, with Barry a popular and important member of the squad. But if Arsene Wenger does get his man for the reported £3.5million, it would be a steal.

And finally, City are reportedly keen to keep Micah Richards at the club despite the defender being linked with practically everyone in recent weeks – and all seemingly as a result of a false story about the rejection of a contract that hasn’t yet been offered.

First it was Inter Milan, then Bayern Munich, and now Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all apparently have their eyes on the player.

However they are set to be disappointed, with Pellegrini seeing Richards as a vital part of his plans.

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