Manchester United and Arsenal face competition from Juventus in the race to sign Malaga starlet Isco, according to reports.

TalkSPORT claims the Italian giants have taken a keen interest in the 20-year-old, who was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

The attacking midfielder scored twice on Champions League debut against Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday night, producing an impressive performance on the big stage in-front of watching Manchester United scouts.

Malaga did well to keep hold of the player given their difficult financial situation, but the report claims that they will now face a fresh battle in January, with the Serie ‘A’ outfit leading the charge.

Such advances could force Sir Alex Ferguson to show his hand over the player, and after beating Juventus to the signing of Robin Van Persie in the summer, Manchester United will hope to repeat the trick and bring the Spaniard to Old Trafford.

The report gives little indication over what Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might do, but the Gunners have a track record of bringing talented players from the country to the Emirates Stadium.

Cesc Fabregas is the highest profile example, and whilst Isco is yet to win full international honours with his country, he’s regarded as a star of the future. Only time will tell as to whether that's a bit enough incentive for the Arsenal boss to follow-up their initial interest.

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