Real Madrid's young midfield star to the Etihad? Put your money back in your pocket...
The latest edition of a new feature on HITC Sport, the Transfer Bin.
The theory behind this feature is to expose some of the crazier transfer rumours which plague football, picking apart each unlikely story and explaining why the deal simply isn’t going to happen.
Sorry Manchester City fans but the first major problem with this story is where it’s sourced from; Sports Direct News.
Expect to see a lot of both of these sites in this feature.
SDN is the site that originally claimed that Wayne Rooney was going to sign for Newcastle United before they were forced to pull the article and issue an apology in a rather amusing affair.
“Man City are said to be on alert after learning that young Spaniard Isco is unhappy with life at Real Madrid. Sports Direct News report that the Premier League side may be ready to make an offer for the former Malaga man in the January transfer window,” says the site.
Manchester City have one of the best groups of midfielders in the Premier League with only Arsenal and Chelsea able to rival them in terms of the quality they have through the middle of the team.
City made big investments in their side over the summer; £30 million on Fernandinho and £15 million on Jesus Navas from Sevilla along with some other top quality signings.
Isco was linked with City last summer due to his natural connection to Manuel Pellegrini from the time they were both at Malaga. In short, City have every position across their midfield covered and no need to go and buy a 21-year-old who would now cost significantly more than the €30 million Real Madrid paid for him.
This is also a player that had the opportunity to join City last summer, stating that he didn’t think twice about choosing Real Madrid over a move to the North West of England.
“I have few doubts about coming here, because although I knew that Pellegrini wanted me, once I learned that Real Madrid's interest was serious I didn't think twice,” said Isco last July.
The Spaniard knew exactly the sort of club he was joining and the superstars that play for Real Madrid when he agreed a transfer to the Bernabeu.
Current Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has several top stars in his squad so Isco was always going to be part of a rotation system that saw him used alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso and Asier Illarremendi.
To suggest that he’s stumbled into unhappiness only a few months after he joined the club, having scored four goals with two assists from ten league games, is ridiculous.
Verdict: Never going to happen
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