Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we all assumed that Manchester City were very close to being successful in their pursuit for Malaga starlet Isco after recent reports witnessed by punters in the tavern.
However today’s Mail Online indicates that despite this speculation Real Madrid haven’t yet given up their pursuit and they have now bid £25 million to compete with City.
The Spanish club have confirmed that they have made an offer to Malaga that has been accepted and now the impressive Spanish Under-21 international will have to decide his own fate over the weekend.
Manchester City were understood to be ahead in the race after they appointed former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini as the successor to Roberto Mancini as manager at the Etihad Stadium but firm interest from Madrid could yet turn the 21-year-old’s head.
Madrid president Florentino Perez held talks with Malaga’s chief executive Vicente Casado on Friday and according to reports in Spain they now believe they can hijack City’s transfer for Isco.