Manchester City are considering signing an out of favour Real Madrid superstar this winter transfer market to reinforce their midfield
Manchester City has reportedly kept close tabs on Isco of Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola has been a long time admirer of the Spanish midfielder as the former Malaga man’s style of play suits the possession-based football that Pep idolizes. Isco has been linked with a move in the past as well to the Etihad Stadium, however, the Spaniard was then an important figure at Real Madrid.
It is now believed that the 28-year-old creative midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu. The major reason for Isco’s decline at Real has been his fitness issues over the past few seasons. Former Los Blancos manager, Santiago Solari, was the first one that believed that Isco was past his prime, and during Solari’s tenure, the 2013 Golden Boy winner often warmed the bench.
However, with the return of Zinedine Zidane as the manager, it was believed that the Frenchman would make most of Isco as he did so in the 2016/17 season and the 2017/18 season when Real Madrid conquered La Liga and the Champions League.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case for the Spanish midfielder. In fact, the club officials and the board have also lost patience with the player and believe that he will not get back the form he once showcased. Isco’s situation at Real is currently fragile, however, the midfielder made matters worse after a statement of his was caught on camera right before the El Clasico.
“If [Zidane] has to take me off, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute, sometimes at half-time,” Isco said to Luka Modric and Marcelo. If he has to bring me on, he brings me on in the 80th minute,” before he and his teammates began laughing”
Having said that, reports now state that Manchester City is willing to offer the midfielder a chance at reviving his career. Although it might be a golden opportunity for the 28-year-old’s career, it seems like a massive risk as well. Isco has struggled with fitness and currently lacks the physicality to compete in La Liga, let alone the Premier League which is the most physically demanding league in the world.
Should the Sky Blues reconsider their option to sign Isco? Since the player is just 28-years-old, there is still ample time for him to regain his peak form, however, should City take the risk?
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