Roberto Mancini has turned his attentions to Malaga midfielder Isco after cooling potential moves for Radamel Falcao and Steven Jovetic, according to Goal.com
The Spanish starlet has a relatively low £16.9m release clause which makes the youngster an attractive proposition for Manchester City during the January window.
It appears that City have baulked at the £48m needed to bring Falcao to the Premier League or the £28m that Fiorentina want for Jovetic and Isco represents better value for money while still offering class. Mancini watched the midfielder during Malaga’s clash against Atletico Madrid last week and was suitably impressed with his display.
Isco has done well for Malaga so far this season, scoring three times in nine appearances including a brilliant double against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.
The club’s sporting director Mario Armando Husillos has already confessed that he faces a real struggle to keep Isco in Spain with the cash strapped club eager to cash in on their top players.
“Isco is our player and is a very important member of the team,” Husillos said. “He’s not for sale. We want to keep him here, but everyone knows that players have a release clause. So, if a club meets this clause, it will be out of our hands.”
The Premier League champions have made a slow start to the season and are already four points behind leaders Chelsea so Mancini is eager to strengthen during the upcoming transfer window to make sure the club can mount a title challenge again.