Top-flight duo set to go head to head this summer for coveted playmaker.
Manchester City are hoping to steal a march on Premier League rivals Chelsea in the race to sign coveted Malaga midfield player Isco at the end of the season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Spain international has enjoyed a wonderful campaign for the high-flying Liga outfit, with his displays for his club in the Uefa Champions League in particular catching the eye as Manuel Pellegrini’s side made a surprise run to the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.
And it is those performances that have really brought the 21-year-old to the attentions of some of the Continent’s biggest clubs, with both Chelsea and City believed to be keen to sign the playmaker when the summer transfer window reopens for business on 1 June.
Isco has a contract with Malaga that runs until the end of May 2016 and as a result, it is expected that any potential buyer will need to splash out upwards of £25 million in order to secure the player’s signature this summer.
“We have [had discussions] with regard to some of our players that may be of interest to Txiki Begiristain, their [City’s] sporting director,” confirmed Malaga sporting director Armando Mario Husillos.