Sir Alex to be the next benefactor from Malaga’s financial woes
Malaga’s Spanish youngster Isco is attracting the attention of Premier League sides looking to take advantage of his club’s rotten financial situation.
The 20-year-old has a £16m buy-out clause in his contract and the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Man United are all poised to make a move, with Ladbrokes pricing the latter at 8/5 to win the Premier League.
Isco, who has made 37 appearances during his Malaga tenure thus far, is one of the hottest prospects in La Liga, where his slick playing style has caused some to liken him to Barcelona hero, Xavi.
He announced himself onto the European stage in his last game, netting two goals in his teams’ 3-0 win over Zenith St Petersburg and, if he can continue producing performances of that ilk, he could soon be following a host of other stars out the exit door at the La Roselada.
United are in need of a top-level creative player in midfield with the impending retirement of Paul Scholes upon them and, following their failure to snare Wesley Sneijder, it looks as though the Spanish under-21 international has been earmarked as a potential replacement.
In his 32 club appearances last term, Isco bagged five times to help Manuel Pellegrini’s men qualify for their maiden Champions League campaign and his on-the-ball intelligence means he’s tailored made to suit United’s philosophy of attacking football.
The Spaniard’s arrival could make life difficult for the current crop of Old Trafford youngsters, with the likes of Anderson or the ever-impressive Tom Cleverley likely to pave the way for his arrival.
Yet Isco has the ability to pick passes and spot runs which means Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will surely look upon this move with glee – it’s likely to mean an extra 15 goals a season for them.
So, with Sir Alex Ferguson keen to ensure his side are never found wanting in the goals scored department after last season’s disappointment, a move for a talent such as this seems the next logical step United’s building for the future.
All odds and markets correct as of publication