Everton target Isco is likely to be out of reach of Sevilla.
Isco and Real Madrid seem to be heading towards a sour exit after the Spaniard fell down the pecking order. Zinedine Zidane no longer counts on him and wouldn’t oppose a sale in the upcoming January transfer window. Everton have been strongly linked to the 28 year old midfielder with Isco wanting to reunite with James Rodriguez and Carlo Ancelotti.
The Spaniard has played only 7 games, clocking only 285 minutes. A player of Isco’s calibre must feature more regularly and if Real Madrid is not able to accommodate him, there’ll be plenty of clubs ready to take him.
Everton, Juventus, Sevilla and Arsenal have hit the headlines for their renowned interest in Isco. However, one club is likely to drop out of the race due to financial reasons. According to French publication Le10 Sport, Sevilla manager and former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui admires Isco and is keen to bring him to the Basque region. However, the financial demands of Real Madrid are likely to hinder Lopetegui’s wishes putting Isco out of reach of Sevilla.
Los Blancos are expected to demand €30 million for the Spaniard’s services which is not an affordable fee for the Los palanganas at the moment. To further hurt Sevilla’s intentions, Isco’s father and agent stated recently that the player wants to try another league. Although, he also added that Isco continuing at Real is also a possibility.
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For the moment, we have no offers, but Isco wants to try another league. Staying in Madrid would not be a problem. (via Le10 Sport)
This is a boost for Everton as they need to care about one less competitor. The recent links to Isco and Luis Alberto suggest that the Toffees are in the market for another midfielder, a buildup player who can support James Rodriguez and get involved in the act.
Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson cannot be trusted upon to carry out those duties and if the Toffees want to realistically challenge for European football this season, they’ll need a player like Isco for the support act.
Yes, the 28 year old is going through one of his worst patches of form but Ancelotti’s magic could help Isco revive himself just like the Italian’s presence helped James to reignite his career. The Royal Blues will still have to beat the likes of Juventus and Arsenal. The Gunners are keeping an eye on Dominik Szoboszlai situation. If the Hungarian joins Srb Leipzig, Arsenal could turn to Isco and pursue a deal.
Juventus have not had a serious approach to Isco yet but things could soon change as we enter in December. Arthur and Adrien Rabiot have failed to create the impact that Andrea Pirlo desires from the middle of the park which could trigger the Old Lady to bring in another midfielder.
Nonetheless, one competitor less is somewhat of a respite for Everton but the Merseysiders are still not the favourites to land Isco.