Manchester City remain hopeful that they can land Isco from Malaga this summer.
The Citizens are hoping to announce the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this week, according to The Sun, with the Chilean set to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium helm.
And, once the 59-year-old arrives at last season’s Premier League runners-up, the club hopes they will then have the edge over Real Madrid in the race to sign the £17million-rated one-cap Spain international.
The club’s spending would go well beyond £60million is a deal could be agreed, with Fernandonho and Jesus Navas already joining the Citizens this summer.
Isco has a £30million release clause in his contract with Malaga, but the club’s financial problems means interested parties like Manchester City could land the player at a reduced price.
However, the Citizens aren’t the only Premier League club thought to be keen on the player, with Chelsea also reported to be keen on the former Valencia starlet.
New Blues boss Jose Mourinho will have seen Isco’s ability first hand in La Liga last season, whilst the youngster also impressed in the Champions League before quarter-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Whether ‘the special one’ wants to follow-up Chelsea’s prior interest following his arrival at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, but there is sure to be a clamour for the signature this summer.