Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their chase for Spain starlet Isco.
Interest in him has been increasing after his impressive start to the season and Malaga are keen to discuss a new contract in response to him being linked with a move to White Hart Lane, the Etihad Stadium and Anfield, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Tottenham and Liverpool were reportedly leading the race to sign him, but Manchester City have since been credited with an interest and Malaga have, according to the report, responded by attempting to agree a new contract with the 20-year-old in order to increase his value.
Isco’s current deal reportedly includes a buy-out clause worth €21million and Malaga have made it a priority to renegotiate the deal before January, so that interest from Andre Villas-Boas, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Mancini can be converted into a more lucrative deal.
Liverpool’s interest could be to do with the striking problems they’ve been having in the early stages of the season, as Isco would provide greater creativity in and around the area.
Tottenham have been giving more chances to younger players since Villas-Boas took over and the link with them could an indication of the young Portuguese manager wanting to revitalise the squad further.
Manchester City meanwhile, already have David Silva and Samir Nasri playing in the role that Isco is most effective in, so a move there could see the end of one of that pair at the Etihad Stadium.
Isco’s improvement could have a lot to do with Santo Cazorla’s move to Arsenal, which has allowed the youngster more playing time and a more prominent role in the side.