Tottenham Hotspur are looking to further bolster their forward line after being linked towards a move for Malaga forward Isco. Is he the player they have been searching for to alleviate their goalscoring woes?
The 20 year old attacking midfielder, who can also play up front. Has been linked with a move away from Malaga all Summer as their financial struggles continue to rise to breaking point, now it seems that Spurs are looking to place a £20 million bid for the youngster.
Isco, who has been linked with Manchester United as well, would serve as either a great replacement for Luka Modric, with the latter moving to Real Madrid for an estimated £32 million.
While Andre Villas Boas wants to strengthen both his goalkeeping and midfield options with that money, the financial downturn that is clouding the Spanish side means Spurs will be able to negotiate around his release clause for a possibly reduced fee, similar to Arsenals recent purchase of Carzola for a knock down price.
The signing of Isco would be ideal for Tottenham, he is only 20 years of age, making him an excellent long term prospect to either mold into an attacking midfielder or an out and out striker. With five goals in 32 appearances for Malaga last season in the midfield role. Isco has proven he can create goals as well as score them.
Unlike their other target for a similar role in Joao Moutinho, Isco also represents a cheaper alternative, with Moutinho’s price tag to be at the very minimum £25 million.
Spurs can ill afford to spend the majority of the money they received for Modric on a single player, not while they still remain interested in the likes of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who would also command a hefty transfer fund. Isco would likely only take up half the £32 million recieved, freeing up AVBs ability to sign his other long term transfer targets.
With 32 appearances under his belt for Malaga last season, helping them reach 4th spot in La Liga. Isco also represents a player who has played regular football for a club in what is arguably one of the best leagues in the world. Signing him would provide Spurs with a player who has top European league experience, and who they hope can make an impact, the likes of which Fabregas and Arteta were able to do before him.
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