The Spaniard's future has been a topic of discussion for the Spanish media after failing to seal his spot in the first XI due to his recurring injuries and, in other cases, his lacklustre displays. Isco played a pivotal role as the attacking midfielder in Zinedine Zidane's midfield diamond during his stunning three-peat of the UEFA Champions League, but has, since then, failed to replicate his sublime form.
The fact that he has barely featured for the Blancos this year has led to further speculation, and now, further light has been shed on where Isco could potentially go to next should he depart the capital club.
Real Madrid's Isco 'perfect player' for Pep Guardiola
Speaking on the Spanish playmaker's future, Fabrizio Romano claimed that Isco hopes to play under former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. The Italian was quoted saying on his podcast;
"It is Isco’s dream to play for Pep [Guardiola]. He’s a perfect player for Guardiola’s style of play."
He also revealed that Manchester City came close to signing Isco a couple of summers ago, and even agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old. However, Real Madrid did not reduce their staggering price tag of €90m for the Spain international, which was deemed too much by the Cityzens, due to which the deal fell through.
With the UEFA Euros on the horizon, Isco will need consistent game time to force his way into La Roja's starting XI under Luis Enrique. He has been handed just three LaLiga Santander starts so far in the 2020/21 campaign, and a total of 286 minutes of league football. The Spaniard's contract is set to expire in 2022, due to which Real Madrid could opt to cash in on him in the coming transfer window.
This update from Romano is sure to come as a massive blow to AC Milan, who are known to be keen admirers of Isco. The Rossoneri could potentially lose star playmaker Hakan Calhanhoglu, who is into the final year of his contract and could leave on a free transfer.
Reports from Italy suggested that Milan have explored the possibility of signing the Real Madrid man to replace the Turkish international should he depart from the club, but with Isco now potentially on his way to City, they will need to look elsewhere for a replacement.
Christian Falk claimed that Calhanhoglu is keen on a free transfer to Manchester United, while Juventus are also monitoring his situation.
Published 27 Nov 2020, 22:21 IST