Chelsea and Manchester City fans are having to be separated by the landlord in the Transfer Tavern this evening, as they continue to bicker over which club will sign Real Madrid’s Isco at the end of the season.
The Spanish playmaker has enjoyed a fine few weeks, scoring in a 3-1 win over Osasuna and setting up both goals as Los Blancos beat Espanyol 2-0 on Saturday in what was his first 90 minutes for the club since October.
Indeed, the former Malaga man is a fine asset but he’s never really exceeded the role of squad player at the Bernabeu, finding himself jostled between midfield and forward roles when Real Madrid’s more illustrious cast – namely, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos – are absent.
According to Marca, Isco is happy in the Spanish capital but wants to get more from his career and is open to leaving during the next transfer window if he receives a good offer.
And upon discussing potential destinations for the 24-year-old, amid apparent interest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus and even arch-rivals Barcelona, the Spanish publication claim he’d prefer a move to the Premier League for both ‘sporting and economic reasons’.
Whilst Chelsea have already been in touch via an intermediary, however, it’s suggested City are ahead of their Premier League rivals in the race for Isco’s signature, having also attempted to sign him in 2013 and 2014. Whereas both of those pursuits fell through, Pep Guardiola now ‘knows the player is ready to move’.
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