Can Roma pay upwards of 35M?
Yes. That they would do so for Isco is probably unlikely.
As long as we don't blow CL the American owners are going to spend some money this summer.
I'd prefer the money be spent like this past summer where that same amount brought Strootman + Benatia with some change left over.
However, there will certainly be one "big name" signing introduced in the official press conference for Roma's new Nike deal this summer.
However, that's where a player already so established like a Benzema may be more likely (though it may need to be a Nike player where I think Benzema is Adidas).
The wild card in the Isco scenario would probably be whether Pjanic renews. Word is he wants to stay but he and owners may be a long way apart on salary. There were offers turned down for €35m for him this winter. If he were to be sold the transfer budget would probably be more like €80m instead of say €40m.
I'd guess some other players are more likely though for Roma. If Isco goes to City, Jovetic probably becomes a possible option. Jovetic, if ever healthy, kind of fits the style and is a pretty natural replacement for Totti, if that's possible.
Pastore may be a possible one for attacking midfield.
This post was edited on 2/21 at 10:06 pm