According to Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is unhappy with Isco’s attitude and the door could creak open for Liverpool to make an audacious bid for the Spaniard.
Liverpool are in need of creativity in midfield and although RB Leipzig’s dynamo Naby Keita will be sure to add heightened levels of penetration to the Reds’ engine room, the absence of a player like Philippe Coutinho has had a negative effect on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Brazilian left the club last month to pursue his dream of moving to Barcelona, with the Reds earning up to £142 million from his sale. In my own personal view, there is no better, ready-made replacement than Real Madrid’s Isco – the Spaniard is, in fact, the superior footballer.
And, if it’s not total bollocks, Spanish news outlet AS is reporting this morning that Zinedine Zidane is losing patience with the former Malaga playmaker’s attitude.
In 31 appearances this season, Isco has scored 7 goals and assisted 6 although AS reports that it’s not his output that is bothering Zizou, but rather his attitude. The Real Madrid boss wants Eden Hazard in the summer to replace the Spaniard.
AS yesterday produced an article discussing five teams that might hold a serious interest in signing Isco. Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal were all named but the issue for any side making an approach will be the release clause in his contract.
Isco has an astronomical €700m buyout clause in the deal he signed with Real Madrid just last year. Of course, that clause was inserted to avoid being caught off guard in the way Barcelona were so if Los Blancos are keen on selling him, they might let him leave for less.
Isco is a superb finisher and can pick a pass better than most from deep as well as being an incredible link between attackers and deeper lying players. His ability to drift between the lines undetected is something sorely missing from Liverpool’s midfield.
A midfield featuring both Naby Keita and Isco would be a delight to watch. Liverpool would have to break their transfer record for the second transfer window in a row to sign Isco but at 25 years of age, the Madrid no.22 would be a signing for the present and the future.