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.