Isco looks set to remain in Spain with Los Blancos.
Long-term Manchester City target Isco will be heading to the Santiago Bernabeu this season rather than Eastlands as Real Madrid hijack City’s deal for the youngster, according to Marca.
Whilst the Malaga winger is high on expected new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s wish list, executives at the Etihad Stadium Ferrán Soriano and Txiki Begiristain will not sanction the deal.
Pellegrini was keen to bring Isco with him to Manchester having managed the 21-year-old for two years following his £5.3m move from Valencia in 2011 and the Spaniard had expressed his desire to continue working with the Chilean.
However, with the City hierarchy unwilling to bid the expected £25m it would take to secure Isco’s signature Madrid will be rubbing their hands.
The Citizens were the favourites to snap up the 2012 Golden Boy winner (previous holders include Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi) with the lure of Pellegrini, but with them out of the race Los Blancos will be confident they can tempt Isco to the Spanish capital.
Newly elected Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to state his intentions at the Bernabeu this summer with heavy spending and some big name arrivals.
The signing of Isco would satisfy those fans that want to see promising young Spanish talent at the club and with 12 goals for Malaga in 2012/13, it’s already clear the winger can cope with the pressure of La Liga and the Champions League.
For City supporters it will be disappointing not to see one of Europe’s most impressive young players strutting his stuff in the north west of England next season.