Guardiola Confident of Landing Isco Despite Monster Clause

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Pep Guardiola’s spending at Manchester City is set to rise to a new level with Isco, Real Madrid’s mercurial 25-year-old midfielder rising to the top of his list, according to the Daily Express.

It’s a move which rubs salt deep into Real Madrid wounds after their shock 1 – 2 defeat at City’s sister club Girona on Sunday. The smallest club in the history of the Spanish Primera Division rocked their glamourous visitors with two quickfire second half goals after Isco had given Real a twelfth-minute lead.

The goal, his fourth of the season, sets the midfielder well on course to beat his best-ever goal return in a campaign, twelve in 2012-13 during his last season at Malaga.

With Gareth Bale injured, Zindine Zidane turned to Isco to fill the hole left by the Welshman and the 24-times capped Spain international has risen to the challenge, to the point where many are questioning whether Bale will win his place back in the side.

The 28-year-old Wales winger is determined that he won’t be hounded out of Madrid but is cutting an increasingly isolated figure in the Real dressing room. His options are becoming limited with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho coolling on his initial ardour to bring Bale back to the Premier League.