Manchester City are closing in on Spanish starlet Isco, according to reports.

The Daily Express claims the Citizens are willing to match the £27million minimum fee release clause in the player’s contract, with negotiations already at an advanced stage.

A handful of Europe’s other top clubs are also keen on the one-cap Spain international, according to the report, with Manchester United, PSG, Chelsea and AS Monaco also keen.

The Blues were heavily-linked with a move for the player back in March, with owner Roman Abramovich reportedly 'running the rule' over Isco and making him a transfer priority for Chelsea.

However, it’s Manchester City who appear to be leading the race for the 21-year-old, with sporting director Txiki Bergiristan and CEO Ferran Soriano at the forefront of negotiations for the Premier League runners-up elect.

Roberto Mancini’s lack of involvement in the deal is well worth noting, given that the Italian’s job appears to be under threat at the Etihad Stadium.

And, if current Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini replaces him at Manchester City, then a move for Isco would certainly get the nod from the Chilean chief.

Isco has been in fantastic form for the La Liga outfit this season under Pellegrini, impressing both domestically and in the Champions League.

The talented attacking-midfielder would add an additional forward threat to the Citizens, and join David Silva in a mouthwatering combination.

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