Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is seemingly plotting an escape route from Andalusia, with the club currently looking like missing out on a top four finish in La Liga.
With the club's precarious finances, which saw them have to sell of Santi Cazorla and Salomon Rondon last summer, it could lead to a summer of strife and their manager Pellegrini is only too aware of this.
Also aware he is a 'hot property', linked with Chelsea previously, the former Real Madrid man was seen dining at a restaurant with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain earlier this week.
He is thought to be lining up City as a potential option, with Mourinho seemingly set for Chelsea, with the Premier League side yet to state officially whether Roberto Mancini will be in charge next season.
Clearly Mancini won't be happy over Begiristain's meetings, and especially at how advanced they appear to be.
For Spanish newspaper AS is claiming that Pellegrini has made two demands if he is to be installed as manager this summer.
These are (a) Sergio Aguero is not sold and (b) He is able to sign Isco from his current club Malaga.
The first of these appears achievable enough. City have Aguero into a long-term contract and are in no need to sell, with the player voicing no discontent at the club, even though he has been touted for a move back to Spain with Real Madrid.
The second may be less straightforward. Real Madrid and Chelsea are both interested in Isco, so City will face tough competition.
They may have the edge in attracting him to work with his current boss Pellegrini, but the flip side of that is Malaga may be less inclined to deal with a club who have poached their manager.
Then there is also Malaga's working relationship with Chelsea, with the two clubs said to have agreed a 'strategic partnership' and Chelsea claimed to have first option on Isco, a report which was later denied.
If Isco's signature really is impossible, Pellegrini may have to relent. If he doesn't then he may just have to stick with Malaga, likely in the Europa League next season.
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