Isco may be the next young talent to join Chelsea's exciting squad.
Malaga are struggling financially and they are looking to cash in on the 20-year-old who has been dubbed as ‘the next Cesc Fabregas’.
The sale would be made primarily because UEFA has banned Malaga from competing at next season’s Champions League, despite where they finish in the current La Liga season.
However, Malaga will definitely not allow a repeat of the cheap sales they conducted in the likes of Santi Cazorla and Salomon Rondon - two players who could have been sold for a much higher fee to Arsenal and Rubin Kazan respectively.
Hence the reason why they have placed almost a £30 million release clause into Isco’s latest contract, and that is a fee which both Premier League sides will have no trouble matching. Spanish International Isco is widely recognised as one of the hottest prospects in European football and has continued his fine form he has shown to help Malaga secure a Champions League quarter-final spot.
He has scored three goals and has played a pivotal role in Malaga’s progression in their maiden Champions League campaign, therefore Chelsea may see Isco as an ideal replacement for Frank Lampard - with the veteran seemingly set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Chelsea seem to have the advantage over Manchester City, not money-wise, but the fact that the presence of national team colleagues in Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta may well help persuade Isco to opt for a move to the West London club rather than switch to the blue side of Manchester. Whilst David Silva and Javi Garcia will face a big task in persuading Isco to join him at Manchester City.
This is also backed up by the rumours which circulated in the winter transfer window, where they were rumoured to have secured a first option to buy Isco in the summer - after they loaned out Lucas Piazon to Malaga for the rest of the campaign.
It was believed that part of that deal included Malaga agreeing in principle that Chelsea have the first refusal on Isco, and it is only a matter of time before Malaga face an even tougher task to keep one of the best young talents in European football.
A move to Chelsea looks to be the favoured option, as it is certain the Isco will get a lot more playing time in the Chelsea side rather than the packed Manchester City side who are also seriously interested in the attacking midfielders.
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