Chelsea have company for £35m target
The La Liga outfit are keen to cash in on the highly-regarded youngster, slapping on a £35 million price tag, which both the Premier League and European Champions would be willing to cover.
This comes after the 20-year old’s admittance last month that he would be open to a potential move in the summer, particularly given the financial turmoil engulfing Los Azulblancos.
He told the Express: “If a club decides to come and sign me they’ll have to be a big club because it’d be a lot of money.”
“Therefore, if it would help Malaga, I wouldn’t have a problem accepting a transfer- if it benefitted both of us.”
The Express recently reported that Chelsea have made Isco their transfer “priority” over the coming months, after both technical director Michael Emenalo and owner Roman Abramovich were impressed with the Spaniard after scouting missions.
With City alledgedly another interested party, the presence of former Barcelona management in the shape of Chief Executive Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain at the Etihad would surely smoothen any move into the Spanish market.
The attacking midfielder followed former City striker Mario Balotelli in being named the European Golden Boy last year, and has netted an impressive 10 times from midfield so far this term.