Despite starting his career at Santiago Bernabeu like a man on a mission, Isco has struggled for starts in recent Real Madrid fixtures as Carlo Ancelotti begins to get a feel for his first XI and is rumoured to be pondering a route out of the club in search of first team football, with Man City sure to head the queue.
The Spaniard was poised to swap Malaga for Manchester only for the Citizens to be gazumped by Real Madrid when a deal seemed all but done.
City’s power-packed squad are currently 2/1 favourites in bwin’s Premier League outright betting and the addition of such an explosive talent would only be a boon to their chances of justifying those odds.
Isco has started five of the last eight Real Madrid games on the bench.
After making a bright beginning to his Los Blancos days with five goals in eight consecutive starts, the attacking midfielder has been shuffled towards the back of the pack of late.
Five of Real’s last six games have seen Ancelotti opt for a 4-3-3, with Isco featuring in just one of those in which the Italian used what seems to be becoming his stock formation.
Sergio Aguero and David Silva have two of City’s attacking three roles locked down, but the third is up for grabs.
Samir Nasri has made six Premier League starts, but he’s had to share the jersey with James Milner and Jesus Navas, indicating that none of the trio have yet played themselves into an unimpeachable position in their manager’s affections.
Isco had played just four games in La Liga when he arrived at Manuel Pellegrini’s Malaga two seasons ago.
The 21-year-old’s rising star was just a twinkle in his eye when he arrived at La Rosaleda but in two seasons under the Chilean’s tutelage he rose to the rank of Champions League-straddling hot property.
If his Real experience continues to sour then few big club moves will be as attractive as a return to side of the manager who oversaw his ascent.