In another repeat transfer rumour Spanish media outlets claim that Real Madrid and Spain star Isco could be leaving in January and Everton is his probable destination.
We’ve heard this story before several times and Isco has been repeatedly linked with a move to Everton when Carlo Ancelotti was manager until his departure at the start of June.
The new story claims that the attacking midfielder is very unlikely to be staying at Real Madrid, managed again by Ancelotti, and other clubs could have the chance to bring the 29-year-old in as early as the January transfer window.
Isco is a serious talent and on paper at least he would offer any potential suitor a strong attacking addition to their side.
It’s a slightly odd twist that Ancelotti having apparently according to past media reports been so keen to bring him to Merseyside when he was at Goodison Park, should now be so ready to let Isco move on now he’s back at the Bernabau.
Anyway, Isco joins an ever-growing list of possible midfield targets that are supposedly on the radar of the Blues top brass.
Everton do need reinforcements in the engine room and it’s possible that Rafa Benitez may want to move in January for a new addition in midfield.
His current first-choice central midfield pair of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have been excellent so far this season, playing with great work-rate, energy and attacking flair.
But as I’ve said before there is a distinct lack of depth behind them and a serious injury to one or other would prove potentially even more detrimental to the Toffees cause, given Benitez’s tactics and formations.
There are even stories today that Juventus might try and engineer a swap deal to bring the Brazilian Allan back to Italian football in exchange for Aaron Ramsey. A deal like that would necessitate a move for a replacement, although this seems a very unlikely move.
Regardless of such speculative stuff, I think it’s more likely that if Benitez does move for additional midfield players, it’s probably going to be a player similar to his existing starting two.
So, that would mean a player like Sean Longstaff, Donny Van De Beek or perhaps Gonzalo Villar, midfielders who would provide much more box-to-box, energetic defensive-type qualities than Isco is known for.