Isco - Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez

Premier League Clubs in Hunt for Isco

Isco - Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez

Isco – Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez / imagestockdesign / Shutterstock.com

Under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane, it appeared Isco was about to become a key figure for Real Madrid.  He played a prominent role in the 2016/17 season, featuring in the Champions League final which ended in a 4-1 victory for Real Madrid.

At the beginning of the following campaign, Isco scored a goal in the UEFA Super Cup to help his team defeat Manchester United 2-1 and he won the man of the match award.  He made eleven appearances in the 2017/18 Champions League, helping the club win it for a record third time in succession.

There was much talk over the quality of Isco and how he could become a regular fixture for both Real Madrid and Spain.

Isco Out of Favour

However, the playmaker has fallen out of favour this season and cut a frustrated looking figure on the bench at the weekend as Real Madrid lost 1-0 at home to Barcelona.  The result all but ended their hopes of the title and Isco has been involved in only five league games from the start this season.

There have been rumours the Spanish international has fallen out with manager Santiago Solari and this has placed three Premier League clubs on alert.

Liverpool in Need of Creativity

Liverpool are thought to be leading the way and they are 5/1 with PaddyPower to sign Isco in the summer transfer window.  Liverpool have been crying out for a creative midfield player to unlock the door against teams who have sat back and defended well.  A good example was the 0-0 draw at Everton on the weekend and Liverpool did not have the creativity in the middle of the pitch to create enough chances.

Isco would bring that quality and would become a major asset to Liverpool should he sign next season.

Possible Silva Replacement?

However, Jurgen Klopp faces competition and available at 10/3 with BetVictor to sign Isco in the summer we have Manchester City.  Pep Guardiola likes to have creative players in midfield areas and David Silva is a great example.

However, Silva is now 33 years of age and his minutes on the pitch are going to be reduced over the next two years.  Isco is 26 years old and entering the prime of his career.  He would be able to keep up with the demands of playing in the Premier League and Champions League every week and that  makes him an interesting proposition for Manchester City.

The final club in the betting is Manchester United, who are 6/1 with SkyBet to sign Isco from Real Madrid before the 3rd September 2019.

However, with a central defender and possibly a winger being touted as their main targets this summer, it remains to be seen if the Old Trafford club make a move.  Much could depend on the future of Juan Mata and if he was to leave, Isco could become an option.


Jamie BartonMagazine, Premier League