Real Madrid’s teeming ranks of creative midfield virtuosos have left fledgling Spanish string puller Isco on the fringes.
Reduced access to the first team has, according to reports in his native land, prompted the former Malaga playmaker to seek out employment elsewhere, putting an array of the Premier League’s elite on high alert.
Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to be keen on his services, but the shortest price on offer says he’ll remain a Los Merengues player on February 1st 2015.
It’s 2/5 that he stays at the Bernabeu until next summer at least, with the aforementioned English twosome both available at 5/1.
However, the 2/1 about a winter transfer window move to Manchester City is much more enticing than all three.
The arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are bound to hamper Isco’s hopes of getting minutes on the pitch this term.
Last season Carlo Ancelotti afforded him just 23 La Liga starts, before Real parachuted this Penn and Teller pair in.
For a player whose primary responsibility is to fashion chances for teammates, the 22-year-old’s goal haul was particularly laudable.
He struck eight league goals in total, assisting a further six and barely failed to pick a teammate out, completing 88.1 per cent of his passes throughout the season.
Clearly, few operators go about their business as smoothly as Isco, who turned down the chance to join City prior to moving to last season’s Champions League winners.
The Spanish press neglects to mention the possibility of the youngster signing on at the Etihad, but next to Arsenal and Liverpool, it’s clear the blue moonies need him more.
Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are all vying to fit into the advanced central-midfield role at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger having to shoehorn the trio into his side as it stands, with Brendan Rodgers doing the same with Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho.
City, by contrast, tend to use only Yaya Toure in a number ten capacity, with David Silva and Samir Nasri stationed on the flanks.