Stamford Bridge side hope to win race for Spanish starlet.
Chelsea will have to see off German giants Bayern Munich if they are to win the race to land long term target Isco, according to the Express.
The 20 year old Valencia midfielder, who was voted as 2012 ‘Golden Boy’ as the best young talent in Europe by Italian media outlet TuttoSport, has become a much sought after talent and Chelsea were said to be leading the race to sign the Spaniard but interest from the Allianz Arena could be something of an obstacle to overcome for the West London side.
Isco has a £17.6m release clause and with Malaga being banned from European competition next term it seems very plausible that the young Spanish Under 21 international would seek to leave his La Rosaleda side if one of Europe’s ‘Elite’ came calling.
Bayern Munich’s case will of course be helped by the upcoming summer appointment of Pep Guardiola as their new boss.
The pull of joining Spanish team-mates Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Oriol Romeu and Cesar Azpilicueta may also be a plus in Chelsea’s favour.
Chelsea also did their cause some good when they elected to loan out young Brazilian Lucas Piazon to Malaga for the remainder of the current campaign.