Spanish starlet Isco has confirmed one of football’s worst kept secrets: Real Madrid and Manchester City both want to sign him.
Currently taking the Under 21 European championships by storm, Isco admits that he has to choose between the two billionaire clubs.
On the one hand: Real Madrid, the most successful Spanish and European club in history. On the other: City, English upstarts where his former manager at Malaga, Manuel Pellegrini, has just taken up residence.
Contracted to Malaga for the long-term, Isco says he will do what is best for the struggling Spanish club. But what he really means is he’ll go where he is paid the most.
"Yes, there are offers on the table from both clubs," Isco told AS on Monday.
"Those are the two clubs that have shown the most interest. I hope to decide soon because I still have a contract with Malaga. I know that Manchester City and Real Madrid are both huge clubs. I hope that whatever I choose will be the best for me and for Malaga."
Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s major transfer rumours (strictly to be taken with a copious amount of salt):
Manchester United winger Nani, deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford but too expensive for Galatasaray, has ruled out the chance of a return to Sporting Lisbon. He says his “level is at a different moment” for his first club. He is linked to Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Arsenal and AS Monaco.
Close to agreeing a deal for Andy Carroll with Liverpool (finally), West Ham United will attempt to form arguably the tallest strike partnership in the Premier League (that’s Big Sam for you), by pairing the lumbering England international with Tottenham’s Togolese enigma, Emmanuel Adebayor.
Spurs will allegedly replace Ade with Spain’s all-time top scorer, Barcelona’s David Villa, in a deal that almost certainly sounds too good to be true.
And the past month’s Robert Lewandowski to Barca, Bayern, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City guessing game has ground to a halt, after Borussia Dortmund confirmed he will not be sold.
The club’s general manager, Hans-Joachim Watzke, denies promising the Polish international striker that he could leave, and has indicated that they are happy to let him go for free when his contract is up next season.
"Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season," Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung.
"We need this security to be able to plan (for the season)."