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Isco: The next big thing?

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With the months of July and August famous for transfers in the football world, the month of July is more famous for transfer rumours and stories.

There has already been talk of mega-money transfers and rumours regarding many stars moving clubs. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Gareth Bale are just some of the players who have been in the news consistently over the past few weeks for the same reason. 

However, a story which seems to be grabbing pace over the past few days has been that of a lesser known Spanish star by the name Isco. 

The 5ft 9in Spanish midfielder is a product of the Valencia youth academy. After a successful season with Valencia B in the 2010-2011 season, where he scored 15 goals, he signed a five-year contract with Malaga. 

He scored five goals in his very first season, helping Malaga qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history. 

However, it wasn't until the next season where he was given more freedom in the midfield, soon after Santi Cazorla's departure to Arsenal. 

Isco blossomed under Manuel Pellegrini - often playing as a central attacking midfielder or right behind the striker. 

He was, however, given the freedom to drift wide into open spaces and create width. 

Isco jumped into the global arena following his performances in the UEFA Champions League the very same season. 

He netted twice against Zenit St Petersburg in a 3-0 win. He also scored in crucial games for Malaga like in the home win against Real Madrid in the league. 

Following his consistent performances in La Liga and the Champions League, he was often scouted by major teams such as Manchester City and Arsenal. 

He even won the Golden Boy award in 2012, finishing ahead of AC Milan's wonder striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

In spite of signing a new contract in January 2013, Isco wants to leave the Andalusian city of Malaga this summer. 

However, having a buyout clause of €35 million means that only a few can afford him with Manchester City and Real Madrid seem to be the current front-runners. 

After impressing for Spain U-21s in their triumph in the Euros, both teams have upped the ante in signing the young star. 

Manchester City are hoping that he would be convinced to move to their club to play under Pellegrini, his 'football father'. 

Real Madrid are trying to price Manchester City away with a move. A report from Marca.com even says that a deal has been struck for €24million with Real Madrid already. 

The entire footballing world is eagerly awaiting Isco's decision. Is he going to make a move to the Premier League where he might be guaranteed more first-team action or will he move to the La Liga for the opportunity to play for one of the most successful teams in Champions League history.

In Manchester City, along with reuniting with Pellegrini, he will get to play alongside stars with a similar style such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri. 

His style of play is very similar to the three who like to play in the centre of the field, but drift wide to create width in the play. 

However, at Real Madrid, in spite of getting to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema, it is unsure as to how much playing time he might get. 

There have been multiple reports saying that Zinedine Zidane has promised Isco that he would be a regular first-team member at Real Madrid. 

With each passing day, the transfer battle between the two teams intensifies and everyone is expecting Isco to make the decision within the next week or two.

Whatever his decision may be, it is certain to say that he is the man to watch out for in the upcoming years.

 

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