Following the departure of midfield talisman Santi Cazorla from Manuel Pellegrini’s Malaga side last summer, Los Boquerones look set to lose yet another important creative asset in the form of highly-rated youngster Isco who looks set to move to Man City in January according to goal.com.
The plucky Spaniard has a buy-out clause fee of around £17.5 million and City boss Roberto Mancini looks to capitalise on this relatively low amount by acting sooner rather than later as a contract renewal for the twenty year-old is reportedly in the pipeline. If Isco does decide to stay at Malaga by signing on for a new deal, this would raise the value of the young starlet to over £30 million – an amount that not even Man City would be willing to pay.
Malaga CF have coped extremely well despite the departures of key players prior to the start of the 2012/2013 season. Pint-sized midfielder Santi Cazorla and athletic striker Jose Rondon left the sunny Andalucian coast this year amid the financial turmoil that has plauged the club recently.
Despite all these ongoing issues however, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have coped relatively well and find themselves in sixth position in the La Primera division and comfortably booked themselves a spot in the knock-out stages of the Champion’s League, something ironically that Manchester City have failed to do for the second season running.
With all the star-studded names that already occupy Man City’s growing roster of players, it is quite baffling that Mancini would opt to sign young Isco with Spaniard David Silva and ex-Barca midfielder Yaya Toure already on the books. Should he leave in the winter transfer window however, this would no doubt put a huge dampener on Malaga’s hopes of achieving Champion’s League qualification for the second year running as they currently lie three points behind fourth-placed Real Betis in La Primera Division.