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Blues chase Isco?

  • 12 October 2012 08:29
  • Posted by David Clayton

With the January transfer window now starting to loom on the horizon, transfer stories are back on the agenda for the nation’s media outlets – if they were ever really off it.

It’s a fairly quiet week with the international break meaning there are few quotes knocking around, but Goal.com reckon City will look to strengthen once the festive season is over.

They report interest in two of La Liga’s brightest talents in Malaga’s Isco and Atletico Madrid striker Falcao.

“Isco, who has a £16.9m release clause in his contract, has climbed to the top of City’s target list after they received encouragement from the Spanish club that he could be available when the window re-opens.

“Manager Roberto Mancini travelled to the Spanish capital to watch the 20-year-old in action for his club in a league match against Atletico Madrid last Sunday after receiving glowing bulletins from scouts in the early weeks of the season.

“Falcao, the prolific Colombian striker, also played in the match but Atletico are adamant that the long-time City target will not be sold before next summer."

Elsewhere, Jack Rodwell has been defending the Blues following Adam Johnson’s comments last week about young English talent giving City a wide berth.

Rodwell, on duty with England Under-21s, told ESPN he would not have moved from Everton if he did not think City could benefit him.

"I'm young and English. I've not got a bad word to say about City," Rodwell said. "If they want you and sign you, then they have got intent for you.

"I was not guaranteed a starting place at Everton. I had a lot of injuries; Darron Gibson and Marouane Fellaini were in form, so it was a push for me to get in that side. But when the champions come knocking, it's hard to refuse."

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