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Manchester City want Real Madrid’s Isco, Dortmund’s Julian Weigl - Report

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Big midfield names on City’s radar

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According to multiple outlets in Spain, Isco is very unhappy at Real Madrid due to the manager’s lack of trust and game time for him. Isco is reportedly ready to leave and has publicly voiced his displeasure to Zinedine Zidane on multiple occasions. Most recently, after his hat-trick for Spain against Argentina, he was asked about his future and he admitted that he “felt more alive with the Spanish team”.

So once again, right on cue, Isco to Manchester City reports pop right back up. At first, I’m sure most City fans are saying to themselves “here we go again”. But it’s interesting this time that the same outlet that broke the Aymeric Laporte transfer in January has also broken the Isco news. Respected Spanish journalist Jorge Calabres went on El Chiringuito TV and proclaimed that Pep Guardiola is ready to purchase the player. According to Jorge, Pep has told Isco that “he would always play and would be a leader” at City.

This quickly lead to an onslaught of reports including the Mirror, who believe City are ready to put up £75million in a blockbuster deal this summer.

Jorge Calabres also reported earlier today that Julian Weigl and Isco (with Riyad Mahrez as an option) are Pep’s primary targets for the summer.

At this point, we have to start giving some credibility to this story. I personally have some doubts about where Isco can fit into this team, since we already have a few Isco-type players currently on the roster in David Silva and Bernardo Silva. Isco is an attacking midfielder who can play in a more advanced role, specifically as a right winger, which is basically what Bernardo Silva has been doing all season.

Now as far as the player goes, he’s one of my favorite players to watch. For years, I wanted him to join Man City. When Pellegrini first arrived, I wanted Kevin De Bruyne and Isco. We got De Bruyne, but Isco stayed at Real Madrid. If City were to buy Isco, I would never complain, but I would be concerned that Isco might take minutes away from Bernardo Silva, who has been really good lately.

If I was to speculate, Isco would come in to primarily play the David Silva role and give David more rest days, pretty much like how Vincent Kompany has been used this season. David Silva isn’t getting any younger, he will be 33 next season. After the World Cup, David Silva could be in a different role going forward, which could open the door for someone like Isco. Bernardo seems very comfortable at the moment on the wing, sharing the load with Raheem Sterling.

We shall see what happens, but as of right now, I’d say Isco is hot on Man City’s radar and I am buying these links. Isco is a Pep Guardiola player, who would fit in perfectly in his system. There are some concerns about fit and depth for me, but overall, I’d never complain if City bought a world-class player like Isco.


In other transfer news, Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez, a City correspondent, has claimed that Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund is City’s main target this summer, and the player is keen on a move to the Etihad.

What do you think, City fans? Will City finally sign Isco? Are you buying these links? Do you also buy that Julian Weigl will be a primary target for City in the summer? Leave your comments below.