Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.
Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.
With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.
Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.
It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.
For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.
Premier League clubs Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are all considering making a bid for Real Madrid star Isco this summer as his relationship with the club continues to deteriorate.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under manager Santiago Solari this season and was left out of the match day squad last weekend over concerns over his fitness and focus. Solari has reportedly also requested that Real bosses take disciplinary action against the forward.
Isco also refused to board the team bus ahead of Real’s Champions League defeat against Ajax last week, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
With Real planning a major clearout of players this summer after their poor season – culminating in being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax at the last 16 stage – it looks increasingly likely that Isco will be one of the players to depart.
There will be no shortage of interest in the 26-year-old. Manchester United are looking for creative attackers, especially if misfit Alexis Sanchez moves on.
Meanwhile London rivals Spurs and Arsenal will be looking to bolster their squads in order to be able to make a sustained bid to win the Premier League title.
However, Arsenal May have to sell before they could buy a player of Isco’s value. Mesut Ozil would The the obvious name to be sold in that case, given his fractious relationship with manager Unai Emery and £350,000 per week wage packet.
Isco would likely command a transfer fee in excess of £50 million, given his age and record prior to this season.
Liverpool and Manchester United are both considering making a bid for Real Madrid’s out-of-favour forward Isco this summer, according to reports.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu this season. He has made just 5 starts in La Liga and scored only one goal.
With Madrid planning a major shake-up of playing staff this summer, Isco could be one of the names sold by manager Santiago Solari to bring in cash to fund the anticipated spending spree.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport has claimed that Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in taking the 26-year-old to England. The paper also said that Juventus are also interested in a potential deal.
Isco has won 4 Champions League titles with Madrid since he joined from Malaga in 2013.
At 26, he should be in the peak years of his career, and with a contract that runs until 2022, Madrid could command a hefty fee for him. When previous rumours of potential deals for Isco have emerged, fees of up to £100 million have been mentioned. But, considering his fall down Los Blancos’ pecking order and their plans for a squad revamp, then a lower off could secure his signature.
Spanish champions Real Madrid are prepared to offer Chelsea two of their stars as they prepare to make a bid for Eden Hazard this summer, according to reports.
Hazard has been a long-term target for Madrid and has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this term, scoring 10 goals in 18 games in the Premier League. With Madrid still looking for a marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who departed for Juventus in a £99 million deal last summer, Hazard’s performances are putting him in prime position. Madrid also need a big-name signing given the side’s relatively poor season on the pitch, which has already seen Julien Lopetegui replaced as manager.
Now, reports in Spain have claimed that Madrid could be prepared to offer two of their players in an exchange deal for Hazard. This would include Croatian international Mateo Kovacic, who is already on loan at Stamford Bridge and has made a positive impression so far – and it is though Chelsea would like to sign him permanently. The other potential player in the deal is Spanish forward Isco. He has been a peripheral figure this season at the Bernabeau and could welcome a move away. By the same token, Chelsea are in the market for a forward and he could be seen as a direct replacement for Hazard.
However, whether Chelsea would want to sell is another matter. Blues manager Maurizio Sarri has said in the past he wants to keep the Belgian and has built the side around him this season as they push to return to the Champions League.
Hazard himself has spoken in the past about his admiration for Madrid and how he would like to play there one day. He has also talked about how he wants to see Chelsea’s ambition match his own – he wants the club to be making big signings and challenging for the title.
What happens in the summer could depend on where Chelsea finish in the Premier League – or how much Madrid want to sign Hazard. This could become another long-running transfer saga.
Manchester City want to bring Real Madrid forward Isco to the Etihad Stadium this summer, but have been warned it will take a bid of more than £100 million to sign him.
Isco appears to have fallen out of favour at Madrid under new manager Santiago Solari, which has alerted clubs across Europe to his potential availability.
While City boss Pep Guardiola has apparently ruled out new signings in January – although the club have been linked to various players, including Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell – he will look to strengthen further in the summer.
Isco, 26, is coming into his peak years and would provide more competition for places up front at City.
However, he isn’t going to come cheap. Isco is under contract at Madrid until 2022 and Real President Florentino Perez has been quoted by Spanish newspaper AS a saying he wants more than £100 million for him.
There would also be strong competition for his signature from clubs around Europe – with many of the big names also likely to be interested.
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