Spaniards standing firm over fee.
Spanish side Malaga have insisted that they will not drop the asking price they have set on highly rated playmaker Isco, talkSPORT reports.
The 21-year-old helped his country to the European under-21 Championships this week and has admitted that he knows both Manchester City and Real Madrid have been watching him after receiving offers from the pair.
The two Champions League contenders are now set to go head to head in the race for his signature, but Malaga are preparing to stand firm over the asking price after conceding defeat in the hope of trying to keep hold of him.
He has a clause in his contract which requires interested clubs to put €35million (£30m) on the table before talks can start, and vice-president Moayad Shatat says that fee will have to be matched if one of Spain’s brightest young stars is to be on the move this summer.
“He’s a magnificent player, very important to us and if the offers do not match what we are looking for then we will not sell the player,” Shatat told reporters at the unveiling of new Malaga coach Bernd Schuster.
“We will only sell for the right price, and that price has been set.
“We have no need to sell if the price is not right.”