The British press released ‘exclusive’ reports today which stated Malaga starlet, and the next of kin in Spains generation of talented midfielders Isco, was heading to the European Champions Chelsea for a reported £14 million.
It was immediately denied, and refuted, by many Spanish journalists who laughed off reports the youngster, 20, could be leaving La Rosaleda Stadium for the capital in England.
Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, or ‘Isco’ as he is known in the footballing world, has come to light in the past two years since his move to the place of his birth, Malaga. The attacking midfielder started his career with Valencia, and after scoring 15 goals in the sides B team, moved to the new sugar daddy owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani’s Los Boquerones, after the club activated his £5.5 millin buyout clause.
‘The Golden Boys’ rise to prominece has been fast, and was announced as the best player in Europe under the age of 21 in 2012 ahead of AC Milan stiker Stephan El Shaarawy and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Spain u21 International, has a reported buyout clause of around £16 million under the terms of his current contract, which is higher than the fee reported by British tabliods this weekend.
Malaga, who have been in financial trouble over the past year, have secured their short term future in the past few days with news of an agreement with the Spanish Tax Authorities to pay back their remaining debts, which equal to around £4.5 million by March this year.
Due to this, the club are in no rush to sell another one of their prize assets who has contributed to a host of goals and assists for the club over the past two seasons.
The likes of Santi Cazorla made the move to The Premier League from Spain, and has been a revelation since his move across Europe, although the Malaga playmaker won’t be making any move to England, and a move to Stamford Bridge is pure fantasy at this stage.
With the abundance of talent Chelsea have in his position, with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard, and fellow Spanish compatriot Juan Mata, it would be a foolish move for the player, and could hinder his potential which is growing week by week in Spain by playing regularly.
For the time being anyway, he will be staying at Manuel Pelligrini’s side where he can continue to play first team football, and look to finally gain his first senior International cap with Spain, after being part of the past two squads.
Who knows what the future holds for the trequartista, but it is clear if he continues his rapid progress, he will become a world class player in the near future, and looks likely to stay in Spain when he does leave the club, in favour of a move to long term admirers Real Madrid or Barcelona.