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Manchester City 'abandon Isco pursuit to focus on Toni Kroos'

Man City 'target Toni Kroos over Isco'
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Manchester City reportedly end their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Isco and instead switch their focus to signing his teammate Toni Kroos.

Manchester City have reportedly abandoned their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Isco and are instead now interested in signing his teammate Toni Kroos.

City boss Pep Guardiola has stated that he will only look to add one or two new players to his title-winning squad this summer after seeing his side become the first in English top-flight history to rack up 100 points in a single campaign.

Isco has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium for some time and Guardiola is understood to still be a fan of the Spaniard, but Madrid president Florentino Perez is reluctant to let the 26-year-old leave.

Spanish outlet Don Balon reports that City have now switched their focus to Kroos as a result, with a new midfielder thought to be near the top of Guardiola's list of priorities.

City's local rivals Manchester United have previously been linked with the Germany international, although they are more interested in signing Fred or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.

City have also been credited with an interest in both players, while Napoli's Jorginho is another who is on the radar of the new champions.

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