Last Updated: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:15
Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson made another check on Malaga playmaker Isco as he scored against Porto on Wednesday.
Sir Alex Ferguson's brother was at La Rosaleda as Malaga overturned a 1-0 first-leg defeat to advance to the quarter-finals, helped by another fine performance by the 20-year-old Spaniard.
United's European scout also watched Isco play for Malaga against Barcelona in a 2-2 Copa del Rey draw at the Nou Camp in January, since when the ex-Valencia youth product had made his international debut against Uruguay and scored four La Liga goals.
His opener against Porto on Wednesday was a sensational finish as he guided an audacious chip from the edge of the box into the far corner.
United are also following Porto's James Rodriguez closely but the Colombian is having a difficult time at the moment and did not make the Portuguese champions' starting line-up, coming off the bench at half-time for a half-fit Joao Moutinho.
Isco signed a new contract at Malaga in January that in theory ties him to the club until 2018 and includes a £30million buy-out clause.
But his recent displays as he continues to prove a matchwinner at the highest level make it increasingly likely that someone will pay £30m for him in the summer.
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