City boss spotted scouting £16m Liverpool target
Manchester City and Liverpool transfer news: Roberto Mancini seen watching Malaga's Isco
Roberto Mancini was spotted watching Malaga play on Sunday evening, and is reportedly interested in landing Spanish starlet Isco according to El Desmarque.
The 20-year-old has a attracted a host of admirers since joining Malaga in 2011, most notably teams from the Premier League.
The talented youngster made Europe sit up and take notice as he scored twice on his Champions League debut for Malaga, helping the Andalusian club record a 3-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg last month.
Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with a move for him over the past month, with both clubs said to be keen on a January deal. Now Manchester City are also seemingly in the race for his signature.
Roberto Mancini was snapped at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday, and when questioned about why he was there, he responded that he was watching Manchester City forward Roque Santa Cruz, who is on loan with Malaga and scored thier opening goal.
However that appears unlikely given the fact that Santa-Cruz hasn’t featured in the Italian’s plans for some time now and spent last season on loan at Real Betis.
El Desmarque report that Mancini was in fact there to cast an eye over Isco, as well as Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, with a view of taking both players to Manchester City in January.
When quizzed over his chances of taking Isco to the Etihad Stadium, Mancini simply relied: “he’s a great young player”.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the young midfielder for some time now, and according to reports are looking to activate a £16 million release-clause written into his contract.
The Merseyside club have failed to spark so far this season and have drawn a blank in three Premier League games, an issue Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be keen to resolve.
According to a Daily Mail report last month, Liverpool are hoping that the cash-strapped Spanish side will be willing to do a deal at a lower price, although Manchester City’s financial might may alter that somewhat.