Reports of the high profile transfer of Spanish midfield maestro Isco to Manchester City have been flooding in all month and Pep Guardiola seems to have placed Real Madrid with an ultimatum, according to Spanish news outlet, Don Balon. The former Barcelona manager has offered John Stones and Bernardo Silva in exchange for the 26-year-old’s signature.

Florentino Perez is known in the spectrum of world football to be quite ruthless with his operations. The Madrid president did not bat a single eye when Carlo Ancelotti was fired from the head coaching position 3 seasons back. He will take no exception to any ill-performing players either as he tries to facilitate a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar in the next summer window.

In order to get the Brazilian superstar, Perez would ideally have to offload some of his high-valued assets, Isco being one of them. But has the Spaniard been that poor to have so much transfer speculation surround his name this season?

No! Isco is still the creative heart of the Madrid team and has been key in their UEFA Champions League winning aspirations this campaign. The 26-year-old has netted the ball on 8 occasions while also setting up his teammates 9 times in the course of his 46 appearances under Zinedine Zidane.

The French manager has relied on him heavily while Gareth Bale has been harnessed to the sidelines due to his constant troubles with match fitness. Isco could almost be unquestionably termed as the manager’s favourite, judging by the biases he has enjoyed over the past couple of seasons.

James Rodriguez was forced out of the side due to the 26-year-old’s case for regular selection. From a distance, us viewers can almost read into Zidane’s thought making process. After all, Isco is bound to remind the Frenchman of his old playing days. The silky touch, the sublime dribbling ability and the vision to break open opposition defences with just one pass.

Highly admirable characters which fit perfectly into both Zidane and Guardiola’s system.

Manchester City are on the lookout for more summer additions and Isco could be the successor to the 32-year-old David Silva. The latter has extended his contract with the Etihad-based outfit for another season but is not expected to stay for long, if replacements arrive shortly.

Guardiola heavily depends on technically adept midfielders of exactly Isco’s pedigree in order to push his highly possession-heavy style of play. However, it would be a massive loss for the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu to see the attacking midfielder go next summer.

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Perez should definitely take a second look at the player’s case and not get drawn into such offers.

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