Looking for the next Michu? The top 10 Spanish bargains!

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He’s the top scorer in the English Premier League with 12 goals this season. And he didn’t cost a fortune. Infact, the shrewd acquisition by Michael Laudrup, in buying Michu for £2 million over the summer, has proved to be a masterstroke. The stunning success of Michu, has fuelled speculation that many English will be raiding Spain in January, looking for another bargain.

Pete Jenson from the Daily Mail, presents his top ten players who might be eyed by certain English clubs, given their past performances and in some cases, contract disputes with their current clubs. Some of the key names include:

1, Fernando Llorente : He announced he is set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season. Last season Fernando Llorente top scored for Athletic Bilbao with 17 league goals and looked set to replace Fernando Torres as Spain’s centre-forward at the European Championship. Coach Marcelo Bielsa’s failure to rotate his squad left Athletic tired and well beaten in both the Spanish Cup and Europa League finals.

Sidelined for his club this season because, unhappy with coach Bielsa, he has refused to sign a new deal. Athletic refused to sell for anything less than his 36m euros buyout clause in the summer but he will be a free agent next June and has stated his desire to leave so January is their last chance to cash in.

Llorente could be available on a free.

Llorente could be available on a free.

2, Isco: Isco’s Champions League performances have left watching scouts in no doubt that he has what it takes to follow David Silva, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla to England should Malaga’s owners decide to sell. The 20 year-old has a 21m buyout clause on a contract that runs out in 2016. Supporters are desperate not to see him follow Cazorla out the door in January.

3, Benat: He looks like Gennaro Gattuso, he plays like Xavi. Betis midfielder Beñat got the goal two weeks ago that saw his team beat Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. In any other era the 25-year-old former Athletic Bilbao youth teamer would be a fixture in the national side. As it was he just missed out on the Euros last summer but has made the squad for recent Brazil 2014 qualifiers. Betis feared Athletic would snatch him to replace Javi Martinez but he remains at the club and in the Champions League places in La Liga.

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