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Man City midfielder set for axe if Pellegrini signs £30m Real Madrid playmaker

Samir Nasri‘s spot at Manchester City will be placed in jeopardy if the Sky Blues sign Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

The Citizens are understood to be keen on the Spain international, with the Mirror reporting that his arrival could well spell the end of Nasri’s time in Pellegrini’s first-team squad.

Despite the summer arrivals of attacking midfielders Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, the tabloid reports that City remain keen on strengthening this area, and are planning a £30 million move for the 23-year-old.

The report states that Isco has a ‘rift’ with current Blancos boss Rafael Benitez, and if true, this could make him amenable to the prospect of a switch away from the Bernabeu and a reunion with former mentor Pellegrini.

The two men worked together at Malaga, and the Chilean clearly retains much admiration for his former charge, at least if the Mirror’s report is anything to go by.

Nasri, who has made only seven league appearances (of which only one has been a start) during an injury-hit campaign, would find his place in the manager’s plans under severe threat should Isco arrive.

With Premier League teams only able to register a maximum of 17 foreign players, Nasri—set to be sidelined until March—would be the most likely candidate to miss out.

Isco has scored one and contributed three assists in 13 La Liga games so far this season.

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