Real Madrid are prepared to break the bank to keep 24-year-old playmaker, Isco, a long-term target of Manchester City, by offering him a six-year contract extension.
According to Marca, Madrid are offering Isco a deal that would keep him at the club until he is 32. His new contract extension would start from the date his current deal expires (2018), keeping him at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2024.
If Isco agrees to this offer, he will practically triple his current salary by earning €6 million net per season. He is aware of this offer and has asked for time to consider it, with Premier League clubs including City, and Madrid’s fiercest rivals Barcelona all giving signals that they’d like to sign him.
Real Madrid have recently renewed the contracts of most ‘heavyweights’ in their squad, aware of the growing economic power of other leagues, especially the Premier League, and would like to add Isco to that list. The midfielder, though, has never been a guaranteed starter despite his enormous talent, and this is making him reluctant to commit his future to the Spanish giants.
A final decision from Isco is not expected until the end of the season, but the player will not settle for his current role in the team – he is fifteenth in the rankings of total minutes played at Madrid this season, and will need convincing that his role will be increased if he is to renew.
If Real Madrid do fail to persuade Isco, a controversial jump to Barcelona or a, some would say, overdue move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the two most likely destinations for the young playmaker.