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Man City set to miss out in pursuit of Spanish star?

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Manchester City’s hopes of signing Malaga midfielder Isco look a little less likely after reports suggest the player is happy at the Spanish club.

Roberto Mancini’s City were linked with the £30 million-rated player last week by the MailONLINE who claimed Txiki Beguiristain – the new sporting director at the Etihad Stadium, had identified the 20-year-old as the clubs number one transfer target in January.

However, TalkSPORT  now suggest the schemer is content at the Andaluz club – news which will also disappoint City’s rivals United, who are also said to be keen on the player.

Malaga’s general managerVicente Casado is quoted as telling Sky Italia: “Isco? There is a clause of €21m, but the guy is very happy to be in Malaga, he is a son of our city.”

Isco is currently in his second season at La Rosaleda following his £4 million switch from fellow La Liga side, Valencia in the summer of 2011. Capped five times by Spain’s Under-23 squad, Benalmadena-born Isco is seen as one of the most exciting youngsters currently plying their trade in the Spanish top flight.

City, meanwhile, currently sit third in the Barclays Premier League as the look to successfully defend the league title that they won for the first time in 44 years last season.

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