Attention switches elsewhere as Pellegrini eyes move for Isco.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly interested in taking Isco with him to England, thus ending the club’ s interest in Stephan El Shaarawy.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the newly appointed City boss would prefer to sign one of his stars from Malaga as he begins life in the Premier League, with club owner Sheikh Mansour willing to invest €22m in the Spanish starlet.
While Real Madrid have also been linked with a move this summer, the attention appears to be wondering away from El Shaarawy, who has been reported as leaving San Siro this summer.
The 20-year-old was reportedly subject to a €40m bid as well as a €25m bid plus Carlos Tevez offer by the Premier League outfit, with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani intimating that the youngster was “not off the market”.
That led to a great deal of criticism from Rossoneri fans, who have seen the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva sold over the past 12 months to improve the club’s financial status.
Promises were made last summer that that would end the necessity of selling players, but Galliani’s comments appeared to ignite City’s interest further.
However, it would now appear that El Shaarawy’s more immediate future lies in Milan, although it is believed that the Italian giants will now look to offload Robinho, who is of interest to former club Santos, in order to land their long-term target Tevez.
Galliani is expected in Monte Carlo on Tuesday, but it is unclear as to who he will be meeting to negotiate over. Nevertheless, the latest indications suggest that El Shaarawy will not be arriving in Manchester this summer.