Real Madrid Transfers: The worst Isco swap rumor has been squashed

Real Madrid, Isco (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Isco (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid midfielder Isco could play for a new team in the second half of the 2020-21 season, but he won’t move as part of an iffy swap deal with Inter Milan.

Isco has requested a transfer from Real Madrid in January, and there should be at least a handful of teams interesting in acquiring his potentially game-changing talent. Although he hasn’t been off to a great start in 2020-2021, we have seen earlier this year – and even this season against Real Betis – how the Andalusian can take over a match.

Before Isco formally requested a transfer, there was a rumor floating around that Inter Milan and Real Madrid could swap Christian Eriksen and Isco. Eriksen was linked to Real last season, but the club ultimately decided not to sign the former Tottenham man. And that was a wise decision, since they did not need a one-dimensional attacking midfielder.

Eriksen has been horrible for Inter so far and could also find himself on the way out of his club at the January transfer window.

Noted football insider Fabrizio Romano was asked on Twitter if the Isco and Eriksen swap deal could happen, and Romano simply replied “no” to the user on the social media platform.

It’s a relief to see Romano quickly dismiss this rumor, even though it was just that, a rumor that had little likelihood of actually happening. But it is comforting nonetheless, since this would have been a horrible deal for Real Madrid.

Eriksen is clearly a worse player than Isco. He is better at playing safe passes and making an impact on set pieces, but Real Madrid already have a much, much better player in those facets of the game in Toni Kroos, who sets the benchmark at the position. Isco is quicker, a better dribbler, and a better goal-scorer than Eriksen.

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Isco wants out and wants to get regular playing time, since he knows he can be a star player for another club much like James Rodriguez has been for Everton. Inter probably isn’t that club, and, more to the point, Eriksen isn’t a player Real Madrid should want at all. A swap deal could work, but it’s more ideal for Los Blancos to get cash from an Isco transfer.