Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all targeting Malaga’s 16-year old striker Kuki, according to reports in the Daily Mail
The youngster, who plays for Spain but is Uruguayan by birth, is the son of former Uruguay international Jose Luis Zalazar (who is also his agents). His actual name is Jose Luis Zalazar Martinez.
Originally playing for Albachete, he joined Malaga’s youth set-up in 2012 aged just 14. His time at Malaga quickly caught the eye of former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini, who managed the Spanish side before moving to Manchester City in 2013.
However, Kuki’s recent form has caught the eye of other top clubs. Last season, he played 27 times and scored 10 goals for Malaga’s Under-19 side. He also played in pre-season for the first team. Currently, Kuki is plying his trade in Malaga’s reserve side Athletico Malagueno – they play in the fourth tier of Spanish football.
As well as domestic football, Kuki has represented Spain at Under-15 and Under-17 level. The forward is known for being versatile, a clinical finisher and even a playmaker. Currently, the striker is on a three-year contract with an option for a two-year extension. He has £4.3 million release clause which will double when he makes his first team debut.