AC Milan are hopeful of luring Real Madrid duo Mateo Kovacic and Isco to reinforce their squad and push for a respectable finish in Serie A this season. Milan are currently 3rd in the league table and are hoping to end a 3-year absence from Champions League football.
Calciomercato have drawn up a list of probable transfer targets for AC Milan and have mentioned Isco and Kovacic as premium targets. The Serie A side are relying on the good relations with Real Madrid in sealing the double deal.
Isco and Kovacic have been left frustrated with Zinedine Zidane’s decision to bench them in most of the matches this season which could trigger a move away from Santiago Bernabeu for the midfield duo.
Possible nature of transfers
However, Isco’s permanent exit from Real Madrid could be a far-fetched idea at the moment with likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona also interested in the crafty playmaker. Real Madrid are aware that they can get a bigger sum for Spanish international if they wait until the summer.
Which is why Calciomercato are reporting a possible loan move for Isco in January with a possibility of making it permanent in the summer. However, Kovacic looks certain to depart from Bernabeu after failing to make any impact since his move from Inter Milan.
AC Milan are relying on his previous Serie A experience which could help shape their season in the best way possible. Kovacic is likely to cost Milan in the region of €8-10million, which will then leave Madrid and Milan to reach an agreement over Isco’s nature of transfer.
Will the transfer ban be a hurdle?
Real Madrid have been banned from making any new signing for the upcoming two transfer windows which is why we may see Los Blancos take a firm stance on letting go of their top stars, especially from midfield where they are currently light in terms of numbers and quality.
Toni Kroos is currently out with a foot injury and likes of Casemiro and James Rodriguez have failed to make an impact so far this season. Although Isco and Kovacic have played very little, they do offer an option in cup games and from the bench.
Zinedine Zidane soon needs to take a call on the matter and decide whether he wants to let go of Isco and Kovacic in January or he wants to give them an extended run to prove their worth as a Real Madrid player.