Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:47
Manchester City are hoping Isco will agree to join them after reports in Spain claimed he has now snubbed a move to Real Madrid.
Malaga's highly-rated 21-year-old Spanish playmaker has been the subject of interest from a myriad of clubs going into the summer transfer window, with City and Real Madrid thought to be leading the way.
And, as Isco, who has just helped Spain win the European Under-21 Championships title in Israel, said 'the matter could be closed by Sunday' with regards to his future decision, there have been suggestions in his homeland that he will not be moving to the Bernabeu to join Real Madrid.
If that is the case then City would be out in front to sign Isco but would have to come to an agreement with Malaga over his valuation. The cash-strapped La Liga side want £30million, while City are believed to be offering around £20million.
City's bid to land Isco has been boosted by coach Manuel Pellegrini's decision to leave Malaga to take over the Etihad Stadium hot-seat as the player has always spoken highly of the Chilean tactician.
It is also thought Pellegrini has promised Isco that he will be a big part of his plans in the Premier League next season, while he was not offered the same guarantee from Madrid.
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