Chelsea have been handed a potential transfer boost in their pursuit of Spanish playmaker Isco.
The Malaga starlet has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent months, with The Daily Express reporting at the start of March that the Blues had made the 20-year-old their transfer priority for the summer.
And, comments coming out of Malaga suggest Chelsea now have a realistic chance of landing the player at the end of the season, with defender Martin Demichelis admitting the one-cap international is the player most likely to leave the club.
"For me it is a bad sign for the future of the club. I believe the next player to be sold in the short term will be Isco, because he is the one in the squad who will be most wanted," Demichelis told reporters, according to Goal.com.
Malaga’s financial struggles have been well publicised, and despite Manuel Pellegrini‘s side still being alive in the Champions League, they will not compete in Europe next season after receiving a ban from UEFA.
The La Liga side were punished for failing to pay player wages and tax bills on time, and have also sold Santi Cazorla and Jose Rondon in an effort to balance the books.
Chelsea will hope the Argentine centre back is correct, and Isco is next out the door at La Rosaleda. If he does move, he’ll join a growing Spanish contingent in west London, with Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta all in the first team squad.
However, a Spanish manager might not be on the cards, with Rafa Benitez confirming he will end his spell as ‘interim manager’ at the end of the season.
Ironically, Malaga boss Pellegrini has been tipped to replace Benitez at Chelsea.