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Chelsea’s plans to sign Malaga midfielder Isco have taken a huge dent after the La Liga club refused to part with their top performer in the January transfer window.
The Blues have already told veteran midfielder Frank Lampard that he was free to leave the club at the end of the season and the club were eyeing the 20 year-old Spaniard as a long term replacement for the experienced English international. However, Malaga are keen on building upon their strong start to last season, currently sitting in fourth place in La Liga besides enjoying a blistering run in the Champions League.
UEFA levied a one season ban on the Spanish club for non-payment of dues and it was assumed that Malaga would be forced to sell Isco and a few others this winter to avoid further backlash. Arsenal had clinched playmaker Santi Cazorla in a £16 million deal last summer but Malaga are not planning to sell their hottest star on the cheap in January, revealed the Metro.
The Spanish youth star has dazzled critics with his performances, scoring 6 times in 22 appearances for Malaga this season. Tottenham had also been linked with a move for the talented midfielder but the North London club will also have to look for other options this winter. Malaga are set to face Porto in the Champions League Round of 16 and based on their superb showing in the European competition so far, the Spanish club as well as Isco are expected to make a major impact in the tournament.
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