Real Madrid: The two clubs currently in the best spot for Isco

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

Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco is ready for a new league and a new challenge, but who is most interested?

This summer, Real Madrid sold James Rodriguez to Everton and Carlo Ancelotti, reuniting the midfielder with the manager he’s had the most success under at both Real and Bayern Munich while on loan.

James has flourished for the Toffees, and that’s led Madridistas to wonder if a move to the Premier League could do the same for another attacking midfielder, Isco.

The Andalusian attacker wants to leave this winter, seeking a new challenge and a chance to be a clear star for a new team. At Real Madrid, Isco is nothing more than a bench player, having fallen down the order on Zinedine Zidane’s list after the triumphant return of Martin Odegaard, who is both the present and the future of Los Merengues.

According to a report from El Chiringuito de Jugones, via AS, Juventus and Everton are the two teams currently in the best situation to sign the talented attacking midfielder.

Isco is capable of playing on either wing, as a No. 10, or as a ball-carrying midfielder in a three-man midfield. He’s had standout performances this year against Valencia, Osasuna, Barcelona, Leganes, and Real Betis, so he’s had a handful of games where he’s shown his quality.

In the prime of his career at 28, Isco would be a strong addition for any club that can afford his wages. Arsenal would be transformed with Isco running the show, unlocking the potential of two of the Premier League’s most talented goal-scorers in Nicolas Pepe and former Real Madrid transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Everton and Juve, though, are reportedly the most likely right now. A move to Turin seems unlikely, but Isco could be a dream get for Andrea Pirlo. He is a better player than former Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey.

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As for Everton, Ancelotti, James, and Isco in the Premier League together with breakout star Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be unfair. Can Everton swing a deal and have both Isco and James in the same XI? That’s going to be a question for Ancelotti to answer.