Malaga playmaker Isco is close to joining Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City for a fee thought to be around £30m, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The main reason for the 21-year-old Spaniard's decision is that he feels he will not gain regular first-team football at Real Madrid, due to their plethora of midfielder and wingers such as Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria, Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Sami Khedira, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The starlet worked under Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, which could make a deal even more viable.

Isco was quoted as saying: “It’s true that I know Pellegrini already, I know how he works and he has been fundamental in my career during the two years I have been at Malaga with him.”

He added: “It’s a point in favour that we worked together and that I know how he works, but it’s not definitive.”

This appears to be granting hope to the Etihad Stadium faithful, after already splashing the cash on fellow Spaniard Jesus Navas and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho for a combined fee of around £50m.

It is thought that, with Isco as well as the players already acquired, City will have one of the most formidable midfields in the Premier League.

They have two holding players, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, who can interchangeably drive forwards at will and they will now also have a new weapon at their disposal: out-and-out wingers, something that was not a common sight at the Etihad under Roberto Mancini due to his penchant for narrow football.

To link up these player movements will be the superb David Silva, who was looking back to his very best at the end of last season.

However, Isco will not be making his decision for a few weeks at least. He has made it clear that his future will be decided upon his return from his holiday after the European U21 Championship.


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