Man City in the battle to sign 27-year-old La Liga playmaker

Pep Guardiola has “told Man City’s board to prepare an offer” for Real Madrid playmaker Isco. Spain international, who has been linked with a move to the Etihad for most of the decade, is returning to his best after a disappointing patch of bad form for his team.

Now, reports suggest Pep has instructed his bosses to talk a transfer that could cost €50m as the Citizens prepare for the departure of David Silva next summer. Isco, who will be 28 by that time, is one of two Los Blancos midfielders who is dedicated to creative play.

The other, James Rodriguez, is likely to move on in winter after making only nine games so far this campaign. Zinedine Zidane will not be keen on letting both James and Isco leave the club without an adequate replacement, leaving them short on playmaking ability in the centre of the park.

However, it’s suggested chairman Florentino Perez may be open to moving Spaniard on, and he holds ultimate power at the club. For a deal to work, Man City may need to offer more than the touted €50m. Isco has played 287 games for the La Liga giants, winning the UEFA Champions League four times.