Manchester City interested in signing Atletico’s Radamel Falcao and Malaga’s Isco
Manchester City is being linked with two mega moves. The English Premier League champions are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Radamel Falcao and Isco following Roberto Mancini’s attendance in the game between Atletico Madrid and Malaga last weekend.
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scored the opener in his team’s 2-1 victory over Malaga on Sunday. The goal took Radamel Falcao to eight goals from six games. The Colombian international’s impressive and consistent performance has attracted a lot of interest from European football giants.
Chelsea leads the race to sign in the 26-year-old striker, but Radamel Falcao has declared that he is open to a move to other clubs as well. Radamel Falcao’s £50 million release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid leaves just a handful of clubs with the power to sign him in. Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona top that list.
Manchester City would love to bring Radamel Falcao to the Eastlands. However, in case their bid fails Roberto Mancini seems to have a backup plan.
In an interview after the game, Roberto Mancini told reporters that he was in Spain to check on the performance of on-loan City striker Roque Santa Cruz, but the Italian admitted he was impressed with the performance of his teammate Isco.
The 20-year-old has caught the eye of Roberto Mancini following superb performances in two Champions League games this season. With a release clause of €21 million, Roberto Mancini will be tempted to go for Isco in the upcoming transfer window.
“I am here to see Santa Cruz. They are two squads with great players - it is a very interesting game,” Roberto Mancini said. “(Isco) is a good player and young.”
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was quite “relaxed” about the presence of Roberto Mancini. Enrique Cerezo joked about Roberto Mancini’s attendance saying the Italian was probably looking for a house in Madrid.
Malaga sold a couple of players including their star midfielder Santi Cazorla to clear their debts last summer. Although, they haven’t placed Isco in the market yet, they might be forced to do so next summer.
Malaga executive Antonio Benitez refused to talk about trading off Isco, but he did talk about Roberto Mancini’s attendance.
“Coaches have to watch many games and many players, and both teams have interesting players,” Antonio Benitez said.