Malaga's sought after playmaker Isco looks set to name his next destination as soon as the start of this week.
The Spaniard, who has just returned from his triumphant showing at the under 21 tournament in Israel where he won the Golden Player award, has been the subject to a tug of war between European giants and more specifically big spenders Manchester City and Real Madrid.
The pair have been vying for the 21 year old's signature since the summer transfer window opened and Isco will put them out their miseries soon after saying the matter will be closed on Sunday evening.
The former Valencia youth player said to Sky Sports: "I prefer not to comment about my future, but the matter could be closed this Sunday."
Manuel Peligrini's arrival at the Etihad suggested that the pendulum would swing City's way but the more homely Madrid may also prove appealing. Both have riches of creativity in their ranks with the likes of Samir Nasri, David Silva, Mezut Ozil and Angel Di Maria, so not doubt Isco will indeed face the challenge of getting into the sides. But his impressive performances for Malaga have earmarked Isco as a potential superstar, he scored 12 goals in 46 games last season underlining his credentials.
The one thing that may favour the Manchester club over Real Madrid is the uncertain future over their Argentinian forward Carlos Tevez, the club are said to be considering offers for the unpredictable star. AC Milan have been linked with his services.
Isco would certainly add more potency to City's attack and if he joins the likes of new signings Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, they may be able to make amends for shortcomings last campaign, lack of goals.
On the other hand, Gonzalo Higuain looks to be on the move from the Bernabeu, with Arsenal favourites to land him. Therefore there would be a place for the young attacking midfielder.
Either way, one of the two clubs will be acquiring a gem.
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