Paddy Kenny thinks Everton have a chance of pulling off ‘an unbelievable deal’ for Real Madrid’s Isco.
The former Sheffield United and Leeds United goalkeeper was speaking to Football Insider.
According to a report from Mundo Deportivo last week, Isco is facing an ‘untenable situation’ at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid are keen to sell him in January in order to prevent him walking away for nothing when he reaches the end of his contract come June.
And so it’s down to the player to decide whether he’ll leave mid-season, with Everton one of his ‘more likely’ destinations.
Isco was limited to just eight La Liga starts last season in Zinedine Zidane’s final season at the helm, and new boss Carlo Ancelotti has only picked him for two of the first eight top-flight fixtures (via WhoScored).
Kenny was effusive in his praise of Isco despite his struggles for gametime in the Spanish capital.
He thinks the player’s previous experience of working with Rafael Benitez could give Everton an ‘edge’ if there proves to be a battle for his signature.
“I think if this one comes off, it would be an unbelievable deal,” he said.
“You don’t play all those games for Real Madrid over the last ten years without being an absolute superstar.
“He is a talented player, someone I’ve always looked up to as a fantastic midfielder. What a player.
“If there is an opportunity to sign him, he’s someone the fans would like to see play for them.
“Benitez managed him when he was at Real Madrid too, which could give them a bit of an edge.”
The parallels with the James Rodriguez are hard to ignore.
James was also 29 when he swapped Madrid for Merseyside, having fallen down the pecking order.
The Colombian did show his quality on the pitch, but his wages soon become a real problem for Everton.
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