Chelsea are looking to beat Manchester City to Malaga midfielder Isco, as the club continue their search for a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
Isco has attracted interest from all over Europe this season, most notably Manchester City. Roberto Mancini was alerted to Isco’s situation late last year by the Premier League champions’ club’s new director of football, Txiki Begiristain.
However, with recent reports suggesting that Frank Lampard will NOT be given a new deal at Chelsea Football Club – Roman Abramovich is once again willing to cash in one of Europe's finest footballing talents.
It is believed Malaga are desperate to extend the 20-year-old's current deal at the Estadio La Rosadela, which is believed to increase release clause to around £35million.
Malaga sit fourth in La Liga, and have progressed to the latter stages of The Champions League much to the midfield drive of Isco, who has six goals to his name already this season, despite playing in a central midfield role.
A young, goal scoring midfielder – who could potentially replace the aging Frank Lampard will be music to the ears of all Chelsea fans, but they'll have to beat Manchester City to him.