Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a January move for Real Madrid’s out-of-favour playmaker Isco, who has been the subject of Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in recent months. 

 

The Daily Mirror have claimed that Manchester United are weighing up a mid-season move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco. The hierarchy at Manchester United see the Spanish international as a viable target in the January transfer window and are prepared to make an approach for the 24-year-old.

Isco was heavily linked in the summer with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as well as Serie A giants Juventus and AC Milan, with the link to Spurs appearing to have the most substance. It was rumoured that Tottenham were in talks to sign the 24-year-old during the transfer window and the Londoners are likely to retain their interest in the playmaker.

However, Isco rejected all advances in favour of staying at the Santiago Bernabeu and fighting for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s first team at Real Madrid. The playmaker has failed to register substantial playing time, making just two substitute appearances since the Super Cup tie against Sevilla.

Spanish publication Sport revealed a few days ago that Real Madrid are now prepared to let go of Isco and the player too is open to a move away from the club, having failed to impress Zidane.

Down and likely to soon be out of Real Madrid ? (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

Down and likely to soon be out of Real Madrid? (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

It is rumoured that Jose Mourinho has not been impressed by Wayne Rooney’s impact in the number 10 role and is looking to add a playmaker to his squad to improve creativity in the final third, which seems to be lacking in the recent matches. Isco is rumoured to be available for a fee of around £25m as per the Mirror report — an amount that will not trouble either Tottenham or Manchester United.

However, Tottenham will now face a tougher fight to land the Spanish international with Manchester United entering the race for the player. One of the main reasons for United targeting Isco is his supposed availability during the January transfer window and the fact that the Red Devils should be able to complete a deal without any hassles.

There is a long way to go until January and Manchester United may still decide against a bid for the 24-year-old if a player in the current squad is able to establish himself in the number 10 role under Jose Mourinho.  If not, the Portuguese could be compelled to enter the transfer market once again.

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