Malaga were banned by Uefa under the Financial Fair Play banner last season, prevented from taking part in any form of European competition run by them over the course of the 2013/2014 season.
It was the one lingering hope the club had over keeping Isco, a £17 million rated youngster being tipped with a big money switch to either Manchester City or Chelsea this summer.
It’s almost the final nail in the coffin because other than his loyalty to the Spanish club, it’s difficult to see how he can have any reason to justify staying with them ahead of next season.
Manchester City and Chelsea will tool up big time when he becomes available, using big money bids and big personal deals to try and tempt the 21-year-old into committing to a move to the North West or South of England.
Both clubs can offer him huge wages and money he’s never experienced before during his professional career and both clubs can also offer him a crack at Champions League football.
The differences and the things which will sway the deal are the finer points which don’t have anything to do with the cash.
Isco will join the club which he sees as most similar to the side he’s just left in Malaga.
He’s made it clear that he’s a very loyal young man, bound to a club that he sees as protecting his future as well as sticking up for him in the modern contemporary game.
Manchester City will be the favourites if Manuel Pellegrini is confirmed as their new boss but Jose Mourinho guarantees success down at Chelsea and that’s an important factor for any young player.
He can choose the familiarity of being around someone like Pellegrini mixed in with a smaller chance of immediate success or he can go for the glamorous world of London and Mourinho where he will win medals in different competitions.
Isco is a superbly talented footballer and we won’t know where he’s going to go until he gets back from the Under-21 European Championship.
With every positive performance he produces in that competition, his share price goes up but he now seems destined to be on the move regardless.
Do you think he’ll definitely move now? Where will he go?
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