Everton want to sign Real Madrid’s Isco on loan but any deal would prove ‘difficult’, according to Defensa Central.
Isco is a player who’s been linked with Everton in the past, most recently during Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure at Goodison Park (via Liverpool Echo).
Ancelotti, of course, left Everton in the summer to take over at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He’s handed Isco two starts and four substitute appearances across Real’s first six La Liga fixtures.
The Spaniard received a glowing appraisal from compatriot Andres Iniesta back in 2017, described as a ‘fantastic player with an incredible talent’.
Everton are apparently ‘going crazy to get signings that improve them‘ and have identified Isco as a target for January.
They’ll offer to cover the 29-year-old’s wages, estimated elsewhere at £123,000 per week, until the end of the season.
But the problem is that Isco’s contract expires in June, and so Real may be wary of sanctioning the deal.
To sign him, Everton may instead have to propose a permanent deal and table a three to four-year contract.
It’s hard to see this one coming to pass, not least because Isco might be pretty content at the Bernabeu right now. He seems to be an important part of the squad under Ancelotti.
Besides, if Everton were to offer Isco a three-year deal on his current salary, that would represent a commitment of more than £20million. It surely wouldn’t be smart business for a player who will have turned 30, even despite his talent – the Blues have just been through a similar ordeal with James Rodriguez, a player with immense talent but past his peak and on huge wages.
In other news, Everton are poised for this domestic swoop in January.
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