The news that Manuel Pellegrini was being considered for the Chelsea job has so far been met with disgruntled rumblings from the Stamford Bridge faithful, but the Malaga manager should not take it personally. J
ose Mourinho fever is well and truly back in place at Chelsea, and the appointment of any man but the Portuguese manager this summer will likely be met with protest from their fans.
However were Pellegrini to be appointed, he might have the perfect way to mollify any negative reaction to his arrival, as the 59 year old could perhaps be the key to Chelsea's pursuit of Isco, one of the most promising young players in European football.
Isco recently signed a new deal at the Spanish club, but this might have been just to ensure that they receive as high a transfer fee as possible this summer, as it removed the £17million release clause that had previously been in place.
Isco would now be expected to move for nearer to £30million, and with Malaga's financial problems well known, they could decide to cash in on the 20 year old at the end of the season.
Depsite their plethora of attacking midfielders, and indeed the likely arrival of Andre Schurrle, Chelsea are still expected to be among the clubs chasing Isco, and having Pellegrini in place would likely give thema decisive advantage over other suitors.
Pellegrini of course brings plenty more than this to the table, having impressed in his spells at Malaga and Villareal, and been somewhat harshly treated by Real Madrid during his short tenure there.
Whilst he is not Jose Mourinho, that is not entirely a bad thing, and there is every chance he would be a great success at Stamford Bridge if appointed, and signing Isco would be an excellent way to start.
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