Manchester City are considering a move for Real Madrid’s €80m-rated star Isco with Florentino Perez playing hard ball.
Manchester City are weighing up a move for Isco in this transfer window despite his €80m (£72m) asking price.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is in the process of revamping his squad at the Bernabeu.
More than €300m (£270m) has been spent on the latest set of Galacticos, but that has meant several players must make way.
Zidane though is keen to see Isco stay put as he believes he can help the 27-year-old rediscover his best form, reports Spanish publication El Confidencial.
The Frenchman has already seen Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Llorente move on to Chelsea and Atletico Madrid respectively.
Dani Ceballos and James Rodriguez could soon follow meaning Madrid’s midfield options will be looking increasingly light.
City though believe Isco can fit perfectly into their team’s philosophy under Pep Guardiola.
And while Madrid have closed the door on him leaving it is understood Perez would think twice were a bid of €80m (£72m) to arrive.
Isco himself would demand a increase on his current €6m (£5.4m)-a-year wages, something City would have no problem in offering.
The Spaniard would also need “star status” to swap the Bernabeu for the Etihad which the Premier League champions are also willing to do.
Meeting Isco’s requirements is made easier due to the fact that David Silva has announced he will move on in less than 12 months time.
The City star will have spent a decade in Manchester and that leaves City without a Spanish playmaker - a void Isco could comfortably fill.
City have already broken their transfer-record this summer as they welcomed Rodri from Atletico for £62m.
Guardiola was desperate to find a replacement for the ageing Fernandinho having already missed out on the likes of Frenkie De Jong and Jorginho.