Stamford Bridge side to sign Malaga youngster.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to perform a major U-turn and re-open contract talks with Frank Lampard.
Sunday People Sport can reveal the Blues are close to announcing the£15million signing of Spain Under-21 international midfielder Isco but they are open to the idea of long-serving Lampard staying.
After telling the club legend that he could leave, Stamford Bridge sources now insist they want to talk about a new deal.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
Malaga midfielder Isco may well be the ideal long term replacement for Frank Lampard and the 20 year old Spaniard would no doubt jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League side but one wonders if this source isn’t getting ahead of itself slightly.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are sure to have taken an interest in the stylish Malaga midfielder, who was awarded the ‘Golden Boy’ award this year by TuttoSport as the best young player in world football.
The former Valencia man had an excellent first term at La Rosaleda helping Malaga to secure a maiden Champions League berth, one that cost the club’s Qatari owners a small fortune to make happen. This led to the sales of Salomon Rondon and Santi Cazorla to help balance the books.
Those sales did not prevent Malaga from easily making their way into the last 16 of the Champions League without losing a single game. Isco performed wonderfully well in the group stages, scoring twice, and he has helped retain a top four spot in La Liga for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Chelsea have an eye for the future, Roman Abramovich spending £80m+ on six new additions in the summer, all of whom were aged 23 or under. The Russian billionaire is looking to replace the likes of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry and has the funds to do so.
£15m would appear to be a very cheap price for a player of Isco’s obvious potential in today’s inflated transfer market so one wonders just how likely Chelsea are to complete a deal for such a sum.
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