Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.
Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.
With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.
Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.
It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.
For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.
Perennial German champions Bayern Munich are preparing to launch another bid to sign Manchester City forward Leroy Sane in January, despite the player being out with a long-term injury.
The Sun says that Bayern are not put off by the fact that Sane is set to be out until Spring 2020 with a cruciate ligament injury, suffering in the Community Shield match against Liverpool in August.
Bayern tried to sign Sane in the summer, but their bid of £70 million was rebuffed. After Sane was injured, the Bavarian side signed Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic on loan.
City were asking £145 million for the German international at the time, which Bayern balked at. However, they will be hoping that, in light of Sane’s injury and that his contract is running down, City will drop their asking price.
But the indications are that City don’t want to do a deal and would rather hold onto the player. They haven’t given up hope of him signing a new deal to stay at the Etihad.
That said, City boss Pep Guardiola has said that Sane is free to leave if he wants to – although he’d rather that he stays.