Malaga attacking midfielder Isco is one of many names tipped for a move in the summer transfer window. Here's a scouting guide documenting the Spaniard's recent numbers, along with some suggestions as to where he will be plying his trade next year.
Contract Situation: Isco's three-and-a-half year deal at Malaga will expire in 2018, according to Metro. He recently signed a new deal to add a €35 million buy-out clause without extending his stay at the Rosaleda Stadium.
Career Stops: Valencia (2009-2011), Malaga (2011-current)
Current Campaign: La Liga—35 games, 8 goals, 1 assist; Champions League—8 games, 3 goals, 3 assists
Scouting Guide: Isco is one of Spanish football's hottest young properties and has risen to prominence throughout the 2012-13 campaign with a number of delightful performances in La Liga and the Champions League.
His dribbling skills, ability to retain possession and creative passing make him a versatile forward who can play anywhere across the attacking line and midfield. His excellent season was rewarded with a debut for the senior Spanish side on February 6, 2013.
Where Next? Malaga sporting director Mario Husillos confirmed contact from other clubs when Isco signed his new contract in January 2013 according to Sky Sports. The Spanish club understands their prized asset will attract the attention of Europe's best, hence the aforementioned buy-out clause.
Numerous reports suggest Manchester City are leading the chase for Isco's signature according to Metro. The Daily Mail indicated that current Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini will be installed as the Etihad club's new manger and will bring the 21-year-old to England with him.
As expected, the mega-rich Premier League team is not alone in its pursuit of the starlet. According to The Daily Mirror, City are set to do battle against Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona for his transfer.
Goal.com reported that PSG also sent scouts to watch Isco. Their interest is matched by Monaco, whose 2011 takeover by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev makes them a serious consider to land any international name according to BBC.