Real Madrid Star Wants Out, Manchester City Poised

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Manchester City are ready to offer Real Madrid star Isco an escape route from his Bernabeu despair, claims El Mundo Deportivo.

The Spain international is high on Pep Guardiola’s wanted list this summer and is seen as an ideal long-term replacement for 32-year-old David Silva at the heart of the Manchester City midfield.

It’s reported that the former Malaga midfielder has a release clause of €700m, some three times higher than the fee paid by Paris St-Germain for Neymar Jr, 26, last summer when the Brazilian forced a move away from Barcelona.

Manchester City are willing to pay a base fee of €80m with add-ons taking the fee closer to €100m. It will take Isco to demand a move for Real to consider releasing him. That possibility with leaks from the Madrid camp suggesting the midfielder feels under-appreciated by head coach Zinedine Zidane and his staff.

With Spain, Isco plays a more prominent role and rewarded Julen Lopetgui with a hat-trick in the 6 – 1 rout of Argentina in the Metropolitano in March. City see Isco becoming the heartbeat of the side and will guarantee him a salary with bonuses of €11.5m per year.

City’s pursuit of the Spaniard is likely to be one of the stories of the summer, rivalling Barcelona’s pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 27.