Stamford Bridge side look to add to Spanish contingent.
Chelsea are reportedly deep in talks with Malaga as Roman Abramovich moves to complete a deal to sign highly rated Spanish international Isco.
The Stamford Bridge side will look to trigger the 20 year old’s £30m release clause and will hope to beat off interest from other prospective suitors. The West London side have been in negotiations with the midfielder’s representatives with a view to agreeing personal terms with the former Valencia man.
Isco came to the fore last term, helping Manuel Pellegrini’s side to a maiden Champions League berth and has gone from strength to strength this term, being pivotal in the La Rosaleda side’s run to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier cup competition.
The goal-scoring midfield may well be seen by the Blues as a long term replacement for Frank Lampard, with the England veteran looking set to leave Chelsea this summer.
Isco is considered one of the hottest young properties in European football and Abramovich is looking to continue his push to plan for the future. The chance to join Spanish compatriots Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Cesar Azpilicueta and Fernando Torres may well help persuade the youngster to opt for a move to join the Premier League side.
Abramovich is discussing summer transfer targets with his technical team, led by Michael Emenalo and aided by interim boss Rafa Benitez who has given his seal of approval to such an addition even though he is set to leave Chelsea this summer.
There is perhaps scope to suggest that Isco may well also have the backing of Jose Mourinho, who is currently the hot favourite to take over the reins at Chelsea this summer.
Isco has made 63 appearances for Malaga since moving to the club in July 2011, netting 16 goals in the process.