The January transfer window just wouldn't be the January transfer window without an audacious bid by Manchester City, and if everything at Eastlands goes according to plan, City could secure the services of Malaga star Isco.
According to Goal.com, Roberto Mancini is keen on signing the Spaniard, whose progress he has been following for a number of months now. Considering that Malaga find themselves in severe financial circumstances, the need to cash in on Isco may just outweigh the benefits of keeping him.
Reports suggest that City are willing to meet Isco's buyout clause of €21 million this January and will loan the playmaker back out to Malaga for the remainder of the season.
Despite their financial troubles, Malaga are willing to renew the contract of their 20-year-old prodigy—increasing his buyout clause in the process. In that sense, the need for City to act fast is paramount, if they wish to reduce the costs of securing his signature.
This season, Isco has well and truly established himself on the world stage. In the Champions League, he has been instrumental in guiding Malaga into the knockout phases of the tournament, scoring twice and bagging two assists in just four games.
Would a move to Manchester City hinder Isco's career?
Similarly, in Spain's top flight, Isco has made 13 appearances for Los Boquerones, scoring three times and turning provider on one other occasion.
Whilst Isco hasn't yet featured for the Spanish senior men's team, the youngster has been a member of all of Spain's youth international teams. One could assume, then, that when you take into account his scintillating form of late, it is only a matter of time before he receives a call-up to Vincente del Bosque's side. (He has been benched previously.)
It may be all well and good to secure the services of Isco, but even if he does make his way to Manchester City, where would he fit within Roberto Mancini's squad? With the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure fighting for positions already, is there room for the addition of a future prospect—who will need playing time above anything else?
Perhaps Manchester City need to re-consider their intentions behind signing Isco. It could be the case—if not properly managed—that he never will reach his peak.