Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

Isco could go

The impact that James Rodriguez has had on Everton’s start to the league season has been impressive. Whilst the Toffees form has fallen significantly before the current international break, their displays in the opening stages were much down the the Colombian’s form.

Now Everton and Carlo Ancelotti are looking to pursue a second Real Madrid midfielder to bolster their push for European qualification. Former Malaga ace Isco joined Real Madrid in 2013 for a fee of around £23 million. Manchester City had supposedly been heavily interested in signing the versatile Spaniard but the capital club clinched his signature.

Since, he has played 313 times for Los Blancos scoring 51 goals. With the ability to play in a variety of different positions, Madrid’s coaches have enjoyed Isco’s versatility and he has featured in wider births in addition to centrally as an 8 or 10.

Isco won the Champions League with Carlo Ancelotti in 2014, coming off the bench in the final. Helping Los Blancos beat city rival Atletico 4-1 after extra time. After Ancelotti, Isco continued to win. A further three Champions League and two La Liga titles befell the midfielder.

Carlo calling

The latest reports regarding Isco are that Real Madrid could be open to selling the Spaniard for around £20 million. The Spanish capital club having spent nothing during the 2020 summer window, and sold the likes of Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Reguilon and Oscar Rodriguez. Indicating Real Madrid could be in line to spend big in 2021.

There are rumours that a huge move to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu are underway and will likely look to move players on to help fund the signing. Isco is one of the expendable players within the current setup.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: James Rodriguez of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Emma Simpson/Everton FC via Getty Images)

With Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard both developing well and Brazilian Reinier highly-rated, 28-year-old Isco looks unlikely to be imperative to Zinedine Zidane’s long-term plans.

Everton have looked lacking in depth with James’ injury issues and Richarlison’s suspension. Gylfi Sigurdsson looks in need of competition and Isco could certainly provide that. Having worked with Isco previously, Ancelotti knows how to get the best from the Spaniard and the link may be enough to convince Isco to make the move.

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