Manuel Pellegrini’s side are exploring the possibility of an €18 million move for the Spaniard, whose contract expires in the summer of 2015
Manchester City are considering a summer move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Iker Muniain, Goal understands.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are keen to force Athletic’s hand, with the 21-year-old out of contract in June 2015, and have been given indications by the Spanish network at the club that he could be available for as little as €18 million.
Bilbao were hopeful of tying Muniain to a new deal, and inserting a sizeable €50m buy-out clause, but, with talks continuing to hit an impasse, the Liga club are concerned their prize asset could have his head turned.
Once billed as the next big thing in Spanish football, Muniain has dipped under the radar in the last couple of years and has failed to build on his one cap for Spain that he earned back in 2012 in a friendly against Venezuela.
Muniain currently earns €2.4m-a-year at San Mames, although City would be in a position to dwarf that amount should they successfully negotiate a fee with Athletic.
Pellegrini is confident that he can develop Muniain into a Premier League star, with the former Malaga boss having had a positive impact on Isco’s career before the 21-year-old made the move to Real Madrid in the summer.
City are keen to boost their numbers in attacking midfield areas where Muniain would slot in to challenge the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas for a starting berth in the 2014-15 campaign.
As well as chasing Muniain, City are looking at Porto stars Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando, while Carvalho and Luke Shaw are also summer targets with the likes of Gareth Barry, Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell all likely to be moved on.