Midfield ace a Man City target after Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez

Manchester City have targeted Isco after Real Madrid’s purchase of Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, Daily Mail reports.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini is considering a move for the Spanish midfielder, with Isco now deemed surplus to requirements only after a year with the European champions.

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Isco was a former player for the Chilean boss during their time at Malaga, and Pellegrini is keen to bring the 22-year-old to the Etihad.

However a switch this summer could be difficult due to the foreign quota and transfer constraints from UEFA’s Financial Fair Play sanctions against City.

The former Malaga star is also being monitored by Liverpool, who are keen to continuing their summer spending after their mega-money sale of Luis Suarez.

Meanwhile City were in the hunt for a striker to replace the injured Alvaro Negredo, but have been boosted after learning the Spaniard is only set to miss two months.

Negredo suffered the injury last week in a friendly with Hearts, causing him to miss the Sky Blues’ pre-season tour in the United States.