Malaga youngster wanted by Premier League duo.
Chelsea will battle Manchester City for the signature of Malaga sensation Isco, according to reports from Spain.
The 20-year-old is said to have grown frustrated at the La Liga side and carries a £17million buy-out clause in his contract, which has alerted interest from the Premier League.
Malaga are desperate to keep hold of the exciting player who has already been earmarked as a future regular in the all conquering Spain national team – with reports that they are ready to offer him a a more lucrative contract with a £30million get out clause.
City were understood to have been preparing a January bid for the former Valencia starbefore news of Chelsea’s interest.
According to AS, Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants to add yet another versatile attacker to his growing squad of flair players at Stamford Bridge and sees Isco as an ideal fit.
After coming to prominence in Malaga’s run to a Champions League finish last season, the Spanish wonderkid was almost sold to Tottenham to ease the club’s financial troubles.
However, Malaga have secured their finances and could use the extra revenue generated by qualifying for the Champions League knock-out stages to try and keep Isco.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
If Radamel Falcao is the most coveted striker in world football, then Malaga’s Isco might well be the most coveted midfielder.
The classy Spaniard has been sensational for Malaga so far this term, helping the club finish top of their Champions League group (in their debut season in the competition) and climb to fourth place in La Liga.
The 20-year-old has been linked with moves to number of top European clubs but it is looking increasingly likely that the young pass-master will end up in the Premier League, with Manchester City and Chelsea thought to be vying for his signature in January.
If Isco does end up in Manchester or West London, both Tottenham and Arsenal will be kicking themselves. The North London duo both watched Isco in the summer but decided against making an official bids.
Chelsea already boast a host of attacking midfielders, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata all impressing so far this season, whereas Manchester City could do with an injection of creativity, with Samir Nasri flattering to decieve and David Silva feeling the weight of creative expectation.
Malaga were desperate for Isco to agree a new deal before January, which would see his £17m release-clause doubled, but that now looks unlikely.
Unfortunately for the Spanish side, there will be no bidding war if the youngster departs but they will still pocket a substantial profit on the £4m they paid Valencia for Isco.
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