City’s new director of football wants compatriot to join him at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are ready to meet Isco’s €21 million release fee this January before loaning the playmaker back to Malaga until the summer, Goal.com can reveal.
City’s new director of football Txiki Begiristain has discovered that the Andalusian outfit are looking to extend the midfielder’s current deal at La Rosaleda, which would likely raise his buy-out clause to over £30m. As such, the Premier League outfit are preparing to act fast in order to grab themselves a bargain.
It seems that every big club in the Premier League has been credited with an interest in Malaga starlet Isco, with Manchester City the latest outfit to be linked with a January bid for the 20-year-old.
If, as the source suggests, City do land the playmaker in January, decision-makers at White Hart Lane and the Emirates Stadium might well be kicking themselves.
Both Spurs and Arsenal reportedly watched Isco during the summer but declined making a bid for the youngster.
The playmaker has been at the heart of Malaga’s outstanding form this season, helping the club to qualify top of their Champions League group (in their debut season in the competition) and to fourth place in La Liga with over a quarter of the season gone.
Malaga are aware of interest from across Europe but have been unsuccessful so far in their attempts to tie Isco down to a longer contract.
Even so, the Spaniards will make a hefty profit on the player they signed for £6.5m from Valencia if City (or anyone else for that matter) matches Isco’s £17.5m release clause.
City could certainly do with another player capable of unlocking doors, particuarly for David Silva’s off-days. Like Silva, Isco is a graduate of the Valencia academy and the current City number ten will no doubt have spoken in glowing terms about his compatriot to Roberto Mancini.
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