According to a recent report from AS, Isco’s future is far from certain heading into 2019. The Spain international currently plays his football at European champions Real Madrid and has done so since leaving Malaga back in 2013, although a lack of regular game time under current boss Santiago Solari has plunged his future at the Bernabeu into doubt.
And that’s because reports suggest that the 26-year-old could be on his way out of the La Liga heavyweights in the near future, with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City one side reportedly keen on the midfielder, but given Tottenham’s prior interest in the £81 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), alongside his apparent unhappiness at Real, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy surely won’t get a better chance to lure the midfielder to the North London club.
Ultimately, there may well be quite the overhaul of the midfield ranks in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad in 2019, what with Mousa Dembele’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, and no agreement seemingly close, while Victor Wanyama’s recurrent injury problems clouds his long-term future at the club.
And with the duo striking up a sensational partnership in Pochettino’s midfield to help Tottenham finish second in the Premier League back in 2017, there is little doubt that losing the pair would be a big loss to the North London club, regardless of how well the likes of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, and Eric Dier have done in their absence.
And while that trio is very talented and has several key traits needed to succeed in the middle of the park in the Premier League, they are lacking that genuine star quality – star quality Isco has in abundance.
The Spain international, who can play pretty much anywhere across the midfield be it out wide or in the number ten role, made the move to the Bernabeu back in 2013 after impressing at fellow Spanish side Malaga, and it didn’t take him long to translate that form into his Real days with 11 goals and nine assists in his first season at the La Liga giants.
Several impressive displays, goals, assists, and trophies have since followed for Isco at the Bernabeu to underline just what a special talent he is, with his tally of 46 goals and 52 assists in 257 games for the club equating to a direct contribution every 161 minutes, which is an excellent return.
And having also shone for Spain down the years, the 26-year-old is certainly in that world-class central midfielder bracket – the calibre of player Tottenham simply have to land if they are to bridge the gap to England’s, and indeed Europe’s, best teams.
Yes, beating City to his signature could prove to be a problem, but his clear frustration with life at Real Madrid offers up the chance for Levy and the Spurs hierarchy to make a move – they simply won’t get a better chance to land a player they have been linked with for some time now.
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