Man City reject Real Madrid star, Inter targeting Chelsea duo and Barca rival Liverpool for defender


The Spain international has been a peripheral figure at Real Madrid this season and has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu in two months’ time.

Manchester City have rejected the opportunity to sign out-of-favor Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to Don Balon.

The Spanish news outlet further claims that Los Blancos midfielder offered himself to Pep Guardiola’s side after growing frustrated at his peripheral role at Santiago Bernabeu, which responded immediately by declining his offer.

Isco has started only three games for Zinedine Zidane’s side in La Liga this season amid reports that his relationship with his manager has reached a breaking point.

The 28-year-old himself gave credence to such reports by criticizing Zidane for taking him off during Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk. And with his Madrid contract running out at the end of next season, the Spanish giants might want to cash-in on Isco in the coming months.

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Isco has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid (Image Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Wire / xIrinaxR.xHx)

Top News 2: Inter Milan targeting Chelsea duo

Inter targeting Chelsea duo
Antonio Cone wants to sign the duo for Inter (Image Copyright: imago images Craig Mercer / Sportimage)
After his side’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, Antonio Conte is under pressure to overturn Inter’s poor start to the 2020/21 season.

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte wants to sign Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante in the January transfer window, per Don Balon.

The Nerazzurri’s poor start to the 2020/21 campaign, which has seen them knocked out of the Champions League group stages and sit at 5th place in Serie A, has increased pressure on their manager, who has responded to it by expediting his pursuit of the Chelsea duo.

France international Giroud, who arrived at Stamford Bridge following Conte’s departure, is reportedly eager to leave Frank Lampard’s side to get more playing minutes and bolster his chances of making it to his national team’s squad for next summer’s EURO 2020.

Kante has started all nine of the Blues’ games in the Premier League this season, but with reports continue to link Chelsea with a move for West Ham’s Declan Rice in January, rumors that the Blues will sell Kante to fund the Englishman’s signing haven’t abated.

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Top News 3: Barca and Liverpool weighing up move for Ezequiel Garay

Barca rival Liverpool for defender
(Image Copyright: imago images / Action Plus / IvanxArlandis)

The 34-year-old Argentina international has been without a club since terminating his Valencia contract before the start of this season.

Barcelona and Liverpool might go head to head for the signature of free agent Ezequiel Garay, with injuries to their first-choice centre-backs forcing both sides to look for alternatives in the transfer market.

Ronald Koeman’s side are without Gerard Pique after the Spaniard suffered a knee ligament injury during his side’s 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid last weekend. He won’t return to action until April, with Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo also joining the Catalan on Barcelona’s injury list.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has a full-blown injury crisis to deal with after injuries suffered by his first-choice centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez effectively ruled the duo out for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

Both the sides are, therefore, short of options at the back, and SPORT reports they are considering signing Garay on a free transfer. The 34-year-old might not be a long-term solution for either but has the experience to plug glaring holes in the center of their back lines.

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