Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that reported Everton target Isco is a “fantastic” player, but insists that he is only focused on the Toffees’ next match, against Manchester United and not future transfers.
Ancelotti comments on Isco
After signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, the Toffees have also been linked with Isco. According to The Mirror, the Spain international is keen to play under his former boss, and the 13-time European champions would be willing to loan him out with an obligation to buy him down the line for £18m.
Following the Goodison Park outfit’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday, Ancelotti was asked about this latest speculation. He responded:
“Isco is a fantastic player and [I have] a fantastic memory of him but now I am not, honestly, focused there.
“I am focused on an important week we are going to have to recover players and to be well prepared for the game against United.”
Like Rodriguez, Isco has fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane. He has played just 177 minutes in La Liga so far this term, and he was far from a regular start last season either – he made just 23 appearances in the league for Madrid.
However, the £27m-valued 28-year-old (Transfermarkt) has plenty of ability. After all, he has played 312 times for Real since signing in 2013, scoring 51 goals and providing 54 assists. During that time, Real have won the Champions League on no less than four occasions. He also has 38 caps for his country, scoring 12 goals.
Would you like to sign Isco?
At his best, he averages over two passes and three dribbles per game. If you add that to his experience of success, he could be an absolute steal for Everton.
In other news, Everton are fighting Liverpool for this youngster.
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