According to a report by AS (as relayed by Sport Witness), Newcastle are ‘interested’ in Isco’s situation at Real Madrid.
The Lowdown: Struggling for game time
Isco was predicted for big things following his first few seasons at the Bernabeu. However, in more recent years, the Spain international has struggled for playing time. The attacking midfielder has only featured in seven LaLiga games this season, with five of these appearances having come off the bench.
Isco’s contract is set to expire in just over six months time and with Carlo Ancelotti favouring other midfield options, the Spaniard looks set to either leave the club in January if somebody makes a permanent offer, or on a free transfer in the summer.
The Latest: Magpies eyeing Isco
According to a report by AS (as relayed by Sport Witness), a club from Major League Soccer made an offer for the Madrid man, however the 29-year-old was not keen on moving to the United States, preferring a more competitive league in England or Germany.
It is then reported that ‘Newcastle call Isco’ and that the Premier League side are ‘willing to try his signing’ in the January window. AS claim that the midfielder ‘tops the list’ of transfer targets for the Magpies’ new owners in the upcoming transfer window.
It is further explained that agent Marco Kirdemir hasn’t denied there are proposals from both England and Germany, and Real Madrid would be relieved to sell to Newcastle in January to avoid losing the playmaker for nothing in the summer.
The Verdict: Big-name signing for Newcastle
The Spaniard’s talent has always been evident, as the great Andres Iniesta once described Isco as ‘incredible’, despite their status as rivals with Spain’s biggest clubs. These claims have been reinforced more recently, with Ancelotti labelling him as a ‘fantastic player’ last season.
Isco would certainly be able to provide the Magpies squad with invaluable experience at a high level, as he has made over 300 appearances in La Liga and played 86 times in European competition, providing 25 goal involvements in Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup fixtures.
His CV from a trophies standpoint is even more impressive, racking up 16 honours in total, including four Champions League titles – this is a player with immense experience and talent simply in need of a fresh start.
And the Spain international could use the Magpies as a jump-start to revive his career, or he could oversee the start of a Newcastle resurgence – either way, the short term would be beneficial for both parties if this one goes through.
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