There have been some rumours emerge suggesting that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their chase for Malaga’s Isco, after the club reportedly insisting they are going to battle to keep their star during this transfer window.

Spurs have been long-term admirers of the 20-year-old and Chelsea have upped their interest in recent weeks, while Manchester United were also thought to be keen on bringing him to England.

But Malaga, who currently sit fourth in La Liga, say they are determined to keep hold of their highly rated playmaker despite the economic plight of the club, as they look to continue their excellent form in their maiden Champions League campaign.

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Last week, Malaga were banned from European competition for one season by UEFA after failing to pay bills, but will not be lured into selling any of their star players in cut-price deals, as they did over the summer when Arsenal snapped up Santi Cazorla for £16m.

The Spanish outfit face FC Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Isco proving a key player as they topped Group C ahead of AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht. (The Metro)

The young man is one of the most gifted talents currently in the game and is destined for the big time. And although they will fight hard to keep him, the fact that the clubs chasing him can offer massive amounts of cash may force them into selling their most prized asset.

And whoever gets the lad will have a great player on their hands.