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Manuel Pellegrini arrival could help Manchester City sign £27m rated Isco

The Malaga playmaker could follow his current coach to the Etihad

Manchester City’s pursuit of Manuel Pellegrini is expected to help the club’s move to sign his 21-year-old Malaga playmaker, Isco, with whom the Chilean also shares an agent.

Reports in Spain suggested that Isco, who is valued at £27m, has been offered a four-year deal by City, but the player and his father, Paco Alarcon, are considering if a further year in Spain would be better. City sporting director Txiki Begiristain’s talks with Pellegrini’s agent, Jesus Martinez, have allowed him to discuss bringing Isco, a Spain international, to the Etihad.

Meanwhile Fernandinho, the Brazil international, has publicly called on Shakhtar Donetsk to lower his £40.5m release clause so that City can meet it. The 28-year-old, who turned down a new contract at Shakhtar last week, said: “The day I signed, the club’s director guaranteed me that was normal with his players, and that in a transfer, we could negotiate and reach an agreement on the price. I trusted them, and I didn’t think about the consequences it would bring me in the future. My dream is being threatened because of the high valuation.”