Manchester United are confident of beating the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to La Liga star Isco.
According to the Daily Star, the Old Trafford club believe they have moved ahead of their rivals at Anfield, Emirates Stadium and Whit Hart Lane in the race to sign one of Europe’s most promising young players.
The 20-year-old has moved up a level in his performances this season, which could be to do with his former team-mate, Santi Cazorla, moving to Arsenal.
Since Cazorla’s switch to the Gunners, Isco has taken up a more prominent role as the team’s playmaker and these showings have supposedly alerted Sir Alex Ferguson.
The report claims the Manchester United manager sees the Spain Under-21 international as a successor to veteran Paul Scholes.
It also links Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas with an interest in him, though Liverpool have also been credited as an interested party.
Both Villas-Boas and Brendan Rodgers have both shown a willingness to give young players a chance since taking up their respective jobs, so playing time would likely be less of an issue than the bigger two teams.
Manchester United have a bulging forward line with numerous options and Arsenal have an abundance of diminutive attacking midfielders in the same style as Isco.
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