According to reports in Spain, Barcelona are plotting an audacious move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco. The former Malaga man hasn't been able to nail down a starting spot in Zinedine Zidane's side this season and could finally be looking for a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
With 18 months left on his contract and no first-team football in sight, Isco is at a stage in his career where he needs to start analysing his future. And according to the report, Barcelona would be willing to sign him and give him the kind of role Andres Iniesta has enjoyed this past couple of years.
The report further goes on to state that Barcelona are willing to sign Isco because they want 'revenge’ on Real Madrid for when they signed Luis Figo back in 2000. One of the most controversial transfers till date in La Liga, Figo switched alliances when he chose to join Real Madrid hours after reassuring Barcelona fans that he'd stay at the club and would even start the first game of the regular season.
Barcelona are looking to finally sign one of Real Madrid's 'big’ stars by signing Isco this summer. With Iniesta entering the final stages of his playing career, the Catalans are looking for a Spanish midfielder capable of filling the legendary man's shoes and couldn't make a wrong move by signing the Real Madrid given his performances for the club when given the chance – along with the kind of performances he puts in for Spain and the kind he did at Malaga.
Isco is only 24 and has the best years of his game ahead of him and should Barcelona sign him, they'll be getting one of the most exciting midfielders Spain has seen in recent year for a steal – or free if they're willing for him to run down his contract at the Madrid club.
Real Madrid, however, wouldn't necessarily suffer on the pitch with Isco's departure given they have Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez who can do the job for them when needed. But, they're in the dog shed regarding the future of another one of their big stars in James Rodriguez.
The Colombian was supposed to be the kind of creative player to replace the likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria but Zinedine Zidane has played the majority of his games as Real Madrid manager without the former AS Monaco man. A move away from the Bernabeu for Rodriguez is just as likely in the coming windows.