Manchester City's decision to abandon their pursuit of Marco Reus could ultimately have a silver lining in the shape of Real Madrid playmaker Isco, the Insider understands.
Goal revealed earlier this week that the Premier League champions' interest in Reus, which dates back to the summer of 2013, had subsided after the club were given a strong indication that the player would prefer a move to Real Madrid.
City are understood to feel aggrieved having previously been given reason to believe the player was keen on a move to the Etihad Stadium but will again turn their attentions to Isco, should Reus ultimately end up signing for the Spanish giants.
The Spain international came tantalisingly close to linking up with his former Malaga mentor Manuel Pellegrini in the summer of 2013 before a late change of heart, which caused much consternation among the City hierarchy, saw him opt to join Real Madrid instead.
The 22-year-old endured a difficult first season at the Bernabeu in which he struggled to oust the likes of Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria from Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Isco's opportunities to impress have increased so far this season and the player has grown to become a favourite of notoriously demanding Bernabeu faithful.
Should Reus' ambition to join Real Madrid become a reality, however, Isco's position as a regular starter would again be in jeopardy and Goal understands City would reignite their interest should such a scenario arise.
- By Paul Clennam
BERAHINO CONTRACT TALKS STALL
Saido Berahino's contract talks over a new deal at West Brom have stalled, the Insider understands.
Berahino, who started on the bench in Saturday's win over Aston Villa before coming on late on, is understood to have shelved talks which started last month as the Baggies looked to reward the striker with new improved terms for his fine start to the season.
The 21-year-old was called up the senior England squad for the first time last month for the games against Slovenia and Scotland and although he failed to make his debut he is understood to have impressed Roy Hodgson and the England coaching staff.
West Brom were keen to secure their prize asset on a longer deal to protect themselves from interested suitors and reward Berahino for his growing reputation.
However, it is now understood Berahino is in no rush to sign a new deal with the player previously admitting his intentions to play at the highest level possible.
Berahino has caught the eye of a number of top clubs after netting seven goals in his first nine Premier League games this term.
Louis van Gaal is keen on Berahino while Liverpool and Tottenham are also thought to be admirers and are sure to be alerted to the breakdown in talks over a new deal at the Hawthorns.
- By Peter O'Rourke