Man United Lead Chase to Sign £16m ‘New Xavi’

Old Trafford side one of many chasing Malaga starlet.

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Tottenham and Liverpool are vying to push through a cut-price January move for new Spanish starlet Isco, writes The People.

The Premier League pair sent senior scouts to watch the Malaga striker destroy Zenit St Petersburg in his Champions League debut on Tuesday.

But Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus are also in the running for Isco, 20, who is one of Spain’s hottest young talents.

Isco still has four years to run on his contract at cash-strapped Malaga. But his £16million buyout clause is now believed to be negotiable to raise prospects of striking a deal.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Of the sides showing an interest in Malaga midfielder Isco one would have to imagine that Man United are leading the pack and Sir Alex Ferguson has adopted a youthful transfer policy of late that has served him well.

Santi Cazorla and Salomon Rondon were sold to Arsenal to Rubin Kazan respectively and now 20 year old midfielder Isco, who has been compared to Spanish midfield maestro Xavi, is the latest La Rosaleda asset who could be sold to help ease the financial crisis at the club.

20 year old Isco is a regular in the Spanish Under 21 set-up and has been named in the senior squad but it yet to be given a maiden cap. The intelligent central midfielder is considered one of the hottest prospects in La Liga and was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer.

Isco impressed in his first season at Malaga, making 32 appearances, helping Manuel Pellegrini’s side to fourth place, the
club’s best ever La Liga finish.

His stock further rose this season, helping Malaga to an unbeaten start to the La Liga season whilst also scoring a brace on his Champions League group stage debut against Zenit.

Ferguson could well feel the need to reinforce his midfield given that Paul Scholes, though still able to pull the strings, is nearing the end of his illustrious career. Darren Fletcher is only now just feeling his way back after illness and Brazilian Anderson has failed to make an impact over the past couple of seasons. Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are perhaps two players the Scot can depend on for the coming seasons but the addition of Isco could well help in the longer term.

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