It has been a week since the Isco saga truly came back to life, when Catalan newspaper SPORT claimed that Manchester City were ‘very close’ to signing the prodigious 24-year-old from Real Madrid.
SPORT is considered one of the Barcelona propaganda newspapers, so it would be perfectly healthy to be sceptical about them linking a Real Madrid star with a move away. However, the biggest of the Real Madrid supporting newspapers, Marca, today has information of a similar kind.
According to Marca journalist Carlos Carpio, the risk of Real Madrid losing Isco to the Premier League this summer is ‘very high’.
Furthermore, Carpio reports that Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are Isco’s ‘primera opción’, or ‘first choice’, ahead of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, who have also been credited with an interest in the Spain international.
Isco is said to be tired of ‘bumping into the wall’ of the BBC (Benzema, Bale, Cristiano) and is satisfied with the promises made by Guardiola, Conte and Pochettino, with Pep being his preferred option.
Carpio almost pleads with Real Madrid to not lose Isco in his article, calling him a ‘luxury player’ and saying there are few like him. The playmaker has two assists and two goals in his last four appearances, despite averaging just under 68 minutes per game across those four fixtures.
Signing the versatile Isco would give Guardiola another gifted midfield option capable of playing the ‘free number 8’ role that Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are flourishing in, or in a more advanced position.
The ‘Isco Disco’ could heat up this summer and unless Real Madrid can convince him to stay, he appears to be Premier League bound with more and more information suggesting the Etihad Stadium will be his next destination.