Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium clubs eyeing young Spaniard.
Manchester City and Manchester United target Isco is happy at Malaga, according to the Spanish club’s general manager Vicente Casado.
Isco, who is in his second season at Malaga after joining from Valencia in 2011, helped his current employers achieve Champions League qualification for the first time in their history last term.
The 20-year-old has excelled in Europe’s premier competition this year, scoring two goals against Zenit St Petersburg in their opening group game.
He garnered further plaudits on Tuesday night after providing a superb through-ball for Eliseu to score against AC Milan at the San Siro.
Malaga are aware several top sides are circling their prized asset, but Casado is confident of keeping hold of the playmaker.
“Isco? There is a clause of €21m, but the guy is very happy to be in Malaga, he is a son of our city,” Casado told Sky Italia.
“He is a player who is ‘in fashion’ and courted by many teams, but for now he is happy with us.”
It’s something of an understatement of Malaga’s general manager Vicente Casado to describe Isco as ‘in fashion’ at present. The 20-year-old pass-master is wanted by a host of clubs across Europe, with Manchester City and neighbours United thought to be leading the chase.
If the Manchester duo do make their undoubted interest concrete, then rivals Tottenham and Arsenal could well be kicking themselves. Both North London clubs sent scouts to watch the Spain under-21 international over the summer but neither made a bid.
It may well prove an opportunity missed, given that Isco has a well-publicised release clause of just £17m, which will begin to look like an absolute steal if the youngster lives up to his billing as the new Andres Iniesta.
Malaga are understood to be hopeful of persuaded their star man, who has been mightily impressive in their stunning debut Champions League season, of signing a new deal, which would see his buyout clause doubled to nearly £30m.
United and City will be hoping he does not sign before January.
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