The Catalans were just one of the club that expressed interest in the talented playmaker, with Malaga rejecting approaches from Anzhi and Tottenham.
The Spanish giants contacted the player’s father to enquire about the possibility of signing the 20-year-old, but Paco Alarcon advised his son to remain at Malaga despite the serious financial problems los Boquerones experienced in the summer.
That proved to be the right move as the highly rated midfielder largely impressed at the start of the new season, playing a crucial role in Malaga’s amazing start to both La Liga and Champions League campaigns.
Isco currently has a €21 million release clause inserted in his contract, with the amount increasing for another million every year until 2016.
Considering the player’s recent showings, it is almost certain that Malaga would not accept any offer below that figure.